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CENTENNIAL 






HISTORY OF 
LEMHI COUNTY, IDAHO 



Volume II A-L 



Corapiled by 

Lemhi County History Comraittee 
Hon. Fred Snook, Chairman 
Salmon, Idaho 8346 7 




page design - D. Krasowski '92 
cover design - Robert Wilkerson 



To order copies of this publication contact: 

Judge Fred Snook 

206 Courtinouse Drive 

Salmon, Idaho 83467 



INTRODUCTION 

by Shirley Parmenter 
Family History Chairman 

The Family History section of The Centennial History of Lemhi County contains 
a cross section of the men and women and their families who have lived in 
Lemhi County since before this county was formed. It was our hope that each 
and every family that ever lived here would be represented. While this bio- 
graphical section can never be complete, the nearly 1,150 histories that were 
written by families reveal much about past and present living in Lemhi County. 

Many people, too numerous to list, helped gather these stories. Neighbors 
called neighbors, and relatives if various families dug into the past to come 
up with the data needed to piece together and account of their families. 
Everyone helped, and without their help this book would not be possible. 

Men and women came here in the early days by covered wagon, on foot, 
on horseback, later by train and then by the modern convenience of cars. 
Their families faced the Indians, endured the buffetings of nature and the 
elements, and went through all kinds of hardships while trying to establish 
their homes, schools, businesses and churches in this unique valley. 

Many of the original pioneers came to find gold, decided to stay and their 
descendants remain here today. Some came to tame the land and settled 
down to raise cattle and sheep. Others looking for a better life after the "great 
depression" found the Salmon Valley a refuge. 

While the family stories told are not as lengthy and detailed as we could 
desire, and probably not as "perfect" as the individual writers would have 
liked, they provide us with a wealth of varied and colorful detail about the 
lives of the Lemhi County pioneers; both early day and modern. From these 
stories a picture emerges telling what took place from the settlement of Fort 
Lemhi and the Gold Rush days to our lives now. At the beginning of this project 
many were hesitant to write personal accounts of their families, but with 
encouragement, write they did, and happily many "told it like it was." The 
writers of these family histories have, therefore, preserved for posterity a 
lasting account of the men and women who moved to Lemhi County for a 
better way of life. 

Engraving minds forever are the photographs of relatives, friends, neighbors, 
and old-timers. The past can be relived each time we turn the pages of this 
book and view the familiar faces of friends and family. 

Someone once said "He who doesn't know where he came from, knows 
very little about where he's going." It is good for us to reflect on past lives, 
to be able to better enjoy our modern day living. With a knowledge of the 
sacrifices these people made, we can more fully enjoy our own lives. 



The Coles Family 

Children: Gertrude Coles, Herb Coles, Ford Bray, Alice Coles. 

Second row: Daniel Coles and Mary Coles. Standing: Florence 

Coles. 








LEMHI COUNTY 



FAMILY HISTORIES 



Volume II A - L 



Volume III M - Z 

and the Pahsimeroi 



CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF LEMHI COUNTY 

Table of Contents 
Volume II 



Abbott - Austin 1-42 

Baer - Bybee 43-153 

Call -Cummings 154-219 

*Riley B. Cooper Vol III, 900-901 

Dahle - Dunkin 220-239 

Edwards - Everett 240-258 

Falen - Furness 256-277 

Gable - Gwartney 278-315 

Hade - Hyde 315-377 

Ihle - Iverson 378-383 

Jakovac - Jones 385-401 

Kadletz - Kurry 402-433 

Lake - Lyon 434-466 

*Unable to place in proper alphabetical sequence. 

Volume III 

Mac Galium - Murdock 467-544 

Neal - Nyborg 545-570 

O'Connor - Ostrander 571-578 

Padgham - Pyeatt 579-622 

Quarles - Quarles 623-629 

Rackham - Rusk 630-672 

Sager - Swinyer 672-798 

Tanner - Tracy 799-813 

Udy - Usher 813-816 

van Almelo - Vreeland 81 6-827 

Waetzig - Wyant 827-885 

Yakovac - Young 886-898 

Ziegler - Zimmerman 898-900 

Pahsimeroi Valley History 903-932 



Edwin Korah Abbott 

Edwin Korah Abbott, was born at Evansville, 
Indiana, January 12, 1866. He moved to Felicity, 
Ohio and completed high school there before 
attending the University of Ohio. He left college in 
his senior year and went to Monarch, Montana. 
There he began his career as a newspaper man. 

Abbott formed a partnership with F.A. Preston and 
published the Niehart Herald at Niehart, Montana. In 
1900 the partners came to Salmon and published a 
paper called the Lemhi Herald. 

In 1901, E.K.(as his friends referred to him) was 
united in marriage to Miss Theo McPherson and to 
them was born, a daughter, Mary. 

Sometime later, he dissolved his partnership and 
he carried on the newspaper business under the 
name of the Salmon Herald. In 1927 he sold the 
paper to Mrs. Evelyn Melvin. Mrs. Melvin was the 
publisher of The Recorder and the two papers were 
consolidated. 

During Mr. Abbott's many years in the newspaper 
business, he constantly devoted his inexhaustible 
energy to the up-building of Lemhi county. The 
Salmon River country was very close to his heart 
and his own interests, particularly in a financial way, 
were secondary to the progress of the community 
that he dearly loved. 

After disposing of the paper, E.K. devoted his time 
to the mining interest of the county. He refused to 
give up his journalistic work completely, and 
continued as correspondent for the Butte Post, Salt 
Lake Tribune and several mining journals. He also, 
represented the Associated Press in Salmon. 

He was an active member of the mining 
committee of the Salmon Chamber of Commerce. 
He spent most of a year in creating a mineral display 
which was labeled "the best in the state." He had 
great faith in the mining potential of Lemhi County 
and was familiar with almost every prospect in the 
county. Prospectors from one end of the county to 
the other called him their friend and were always 
delighted when he visited their remote cabins. 

At the time of his death in 1933 he was working 
with Vincent Schmittroth in a partnership devoted to 
promoting Lemhi County mines. His sudden death 
robbed him of his potential reward that was almost 
within his grasp, but his efforts assisted in making 
our natural resources known nationally. 

E.K. was a member of the Knights and Ladies of 
Security Lodge. He was also a member of the 



Salmon Fire Department and served as department 
President for many years. He was very active in the 
Chamber of Commerce. 

Mr. Abbott died suddenly at his home in August 
1933. He was stricken with a heart attack or stroke 
without warning. He had been visiting, in his garden, 
with his partner, Vincent Schmittroth and then went 
inside to read the newspaper when stricken. 

His funeral service was held at the Methodist 
Church with Reverend Dill presiding. Special music 
was provided by Mesdames Loula Carpenter, Zula 
Ward, and Miss Margaret Carl. Members of the 
Salmon Fire Department marched in procession to 
the church. The church could not contain the large 
number of mourners who came to pay their last 
respects. His body was laid to rest in the Salmon 
Cemetery. 

E.K. Abbott was survived by his daughter Mary, by 
four sisters and many nephews and nieces. Mrs. 
Abbott preceded him in death several years before. 

Taken from his obituary in Recorder Herald. August 30, 1933. 

— Fred Snook 

William Carl and 

Lola May Duffy Achenbach 

Carl Achenbach was born in Dayton, Sheridan 
County, Wyoming on September 25, 1897, the son 
of Emanuel and Ellen Scott Achenbach. When Carl 
was twelve years old his family sold their ranch, put 
their belongings in a large covered wagon and 
headed west. 

The first winter they spent in Rockford, 
Washington. After working all winter in a sawmill they 
ended up owing the company store. Emanuel worked 
for grain farmers poisoning gophers to pay the debt. 
Then they went to Armstead, Montana where Carl 
and his dad worked for three months putting up hay. 
His mother cooked for the crew for her own and the 
four other childrens' board. 

Having heard of the beautiful Sawtooth Basin 
above Stanley in Idaho, they went there and filed on 
a homestead. The only way to travel in winter was 
by sled or on show shoes or skis. Carl made many 
trips over Galena Summit to Ketchum on skis with 
his dog sled. 

At age twenty, in Hailey, William Carl Achenbach 
married Lola May Duffy, seventeen, born in Boise, 
September 25, 1900, whom he had met a few years 
earlier in Hagerman. They filed on a homestead near 
Alturus Lake, where fifty years later they celebrated 
their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Because of the 
long, cold winters, they spent only summers on their 
homestead. 

The next several years, they lived in the 'lower 
country' as they called southern Idaho, where their 



children were born: Muriel, April 26, 1919; Gilbert, 
January 5, 1921; Vernon, September 22, 1927; 
Berkley, June 3, 1930. 

Carl started shearing sheep when he was twenty- 
seven, and over the years became one of the fastest 
and best at this most strenuous job of all skilled 
labor. His shearing career lasted from March 
through June for the next forty years. Carl and Lola 
bought a farm north of Jerome in 1928. When 
harvest time came, there was a nice crop of wheat. 
The year before wheat had sold for one dollar 
twenty a bushel, but this year had dropped to ten 
cents and was not enough to pay for the seed. In 
spite of this financial setback they had all of their 
children take music lessons. 

Each year when Carl returned from shearing in 
Montana, he drove from Wisdom to Gibbonsville and 
on through Salmon. He liked the Salmon River 
country and decided he wanted to live there. So, in 
1944, they sold their home in Jerome and bought a 
ranch on Fourth of July Creek. Their youngest son. 
Berk went to high school for four years and Vernon 
finished his senior year in Salmon. 

Carl and Lola joined the Carmen Grange and 
enjoyed their many friends. Lola wrote poetry, and 
for one Grange program wrote a long poem about 
the masters of the Carmen Grange titled. The 
Worthy Masterpiece. When they sold their ranch, 
they lived for a few years in Leadore, then returned 
to Salmon where Carl built a brick house north of 
Salmon. Carl passed away August 3, 1983, and Lola 
on November 17, 1985. 

Muriel, a retired teacher lives in Junction City, 
Oregon. Gilbert worked as a welder for the Hanford 
Nuclear Plant in Washington and lives in Kennewick. 
Vernon lives in Carson City Nevada, and for years 
was a musician in Harrah's Club at Lake Tahoe. He 
now has a water purification business. Berk lives in 
Monument, Colorado and has been with Allstate 
Insurance for years. After retirement, he started his 
own insurance business. 

— Muriel Achenbach Walker 





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FRONT ROW: Carl and Lola BACK ROW: Vernon, Gilbert, Muriel, 
and Berkley Achenbach 



John and Jennie Stinson Achord 

John B. Achord was born in Illinois in March of 
1864. Jennie Stinson was born November 13, 1870, 
to Sam and Eliza Stinson, who lived in Clay County, 
Iowa. In 1898, John and Jennie Stinson Achord 
came to Gibbonsville, on the North Fork of the 
Salmon River. They had five children: Otto, Oscar, 
Maude, Cecile, and Thaddeus. 

John was a mining man, at one time owning and 
operating the Eureka, Aetna, and Cecil lodes, and 
the Anderson mill site on Lick Creek. He sold out for 
four thousand dollars in August of 1910. 

When the road was being built up Dahlonega Creek 
and over into the Big Hole to Wisdom, Montana, 
John thought that the route up Moose Creek and 
over Lost Trail Pass would be a better way. 
However, that road came much later and John did 
not live to see it happen. 

Otto worked on the construction of the Dahlonega 
Creek-Big Hole road. He is later listed in the 1910 
census as a twenty-two year old gold miner at 
Leesburg, born in Kansas in August of 1888. He also 
helped build the Fourth- of-July tunnel out of Coeur 
d'Alene to Kellogg, which has since been filled in. He 
later went to Seaside, Oregon, and it was there that 
he died in 1942. Otto was married and had at least 
one child. 

Oscar left Gibbonsville to work as a hoist-operator 
for the Hecia and Star mines at Burke, Idaho for 
several years. He was the father of two sons and 
two daughters. Maude married William (Bill) 
Gallagher and moved to Salmon. They had two sons 
and two daughters. Cecile married Jasper (Jack) 
Lyne and they lived in Salmon, with son Howard and 
two daughters, Clio, who married Everett Smith, and 
Deloris (Tommy) married Mr. Nolan. Cecile's second 
husband was Ray Wood, who was a carpenter by 
profession. 

Thaddeus was born to John and Jennie at 
Gibbonsville on August 21, 1905. When his father 
died in December of 1922, after a long illness, Thad 
stayed on the ranch and helped his mother. Jennie 
Stinson Achord died at a Salmon Hospital in January 
of 1954. She was eighty-four years old and had 
finished out her life at the Gibbonsville ranch on the 
North Fork of the Salmon River. 

— History Committee 



Thaddeus and Vivian Pine Achord 

Thaddeus Achord was born to John and Jennie 
Stinson Achord at Gibbonsville, August 21, 1905, the 
youngest of five children. When he was only 
seventeen years of age, his father died of a long 
illness and Thad stayed with his mother and helped 
her take care of the ranch. 



Vivian Pine was born June 19, 1906, in Cripple 
Creek, Colorado, the daughter of Charles and 
Catherine Pine. She came to Gibbonsville to teach 
school. Here she met Thad Achord and they were 
married in Salmon, May 31, 1930. She also taught 
school in Salmon for two years, and served as a 
substitute teacher when needed. 

Numerous cattle thefts in the twenties and thirties 
made it desirable to form the North Fork Cattle 
Association, and Thad was voted in as secretary in 
March, 1939. He also served as assistant registrar at 
Gibbonsville in 1940. 




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FRONT ROW: John, Clint, and Audrey Achord MIDDLE ROW: Thad 
and Vivian Pine Achord, Mrs. Stone and child BACK ROW: Oscar 
Achord, Ray and Cecile A. Wood, Jennie Achord, Maude A 
Gallagher 



Three children were born to Thad and Vivian: 
Audrey, John, and Clinton. Audrey was born January 
27, 1940, at Salmon. She married Dillard Fickle and 
they had three children: Gary, Annette, and Pamela. 
She died November 30, 1988, in Spokane, 
Washington. 

John was born December 5, 1941, in Salmon, the 
first child to be born in Mrs. Gordon Neal's 
maternity home, which was situated in the Spahn 
residence on Main Street. John married Ciri Hansen 
and their children are Lanaya, Jolene, and Troy. 
They reside in Hermiston, Oregon and John's 
veterinary clinic is just over the state line, in 
Richland, Washington. Clinton was born June 22, 
1944, also in Salmon. He married Blanche Conray 
and two boys. Dean and Thad were born to them. 
Clint adopted Blanche's daughter, Debbie. Clint 
works for the Bonneville Power Administration and 
lives in Idaho Falls, Idaho. 

The Achords usually kept about three hundred 
beef cattle on the ranch, pasturing them out on 
Granite Mountain and Anderson Mountain during the 



summer months. The Rocking A brand that Thad 
and his father both used is now used by son Clint. 

The Achords also milked twenty-two cows and sold 
the cream, which was picked up by the milk-truck 
and delivered to the creamery in Salmon. Young 
calves purchased in Hamilton were fed the left-over 
milk and later sold in Salmon. 

Clint remembers what a task it was to milk any 
range cows who had lost their calves, and how much 
he hated doing it. All four feet sometimes had to be 
securely tied, and even then the milk was 
occasionally spilled. Those cows were fighters, he 
said! A few sheep were also kept on the ranch John 
and Clint once spotted a cougar in the hayloft and 
frightened it away. Was it interested in those sheep? 

A great number of the beaver-slide derricks used 
in this area and in the Big Hole were built by Thad 
Achord. Some of them are still in use. The power 
lines were never extended to the ranch, but for a 
time a small light plant generated enough electricity 
for lighting. 

Thad hauled the Drnjevic kids and his own to 
school for years. When conditions were favorable in 
the wintertime, the kids could coast nearly all the 
way to school on their sleighs, and Thad would bring 
them home afterwards. At times, they had to carry 
the sleds over the snowslides that blocked the road. 
A favorite winter sport was riding a pair of skis that 
were being pulled by a horse. 

Vivian Pine Achord died February 12, 1952, at 
Fruitland. In about 1956, Thad moved his family to 
Post Falls, saying that he would like the warmer 
climate and a school that was not forty miles away. 
He died there August 9, 1963. Both he and Vivian 
are buried at Gibbonsville. 

— History Committee 



Bob and Opal Adams 

Bob Adams and Opal Whittaker were married on 
January 25, 1941 in Salmon, Idaho. Following their 
marriage, they lived on a ranch at Cottom Lane until 
March of 1943 when they moved to what is now 
known as the Leadore Angus Ranch, two and one 
half miles south of Leadore. Their first son, Robert 
Chester Adams, was born December 16, 1942 in 
Dillon, Montana, and was three months old when 
they moved into a three room shack that had no 
electricity or plumbing. 

Outside the shack was the only standing fence on 
the ranch. The milk cows that Bob and Opal took 
with them had to battle with the two feet of snow 
that was still on the ground in late March. Range 
horses that were accustomed to feeding in the area 
had to be chased out daily. It was a rather dismal 
beginning for the young ranchers. 



Even though there was a tremendous amount of 
work to be done on this run down ranch they still 
found time to bring another son, Teddy Keith 
Adams, into the world on December 9, 1944. 

Bob and Opal realized if they were going to 
succeed in making a living on their run down ranch, 
they would have to diversify the operation. 
Consequently, they milked cows and sold cream, 
raised sheep, cattle, horses and some crops. During 
the early years, while World War II was being fought. 
Bob and Opal raised flax, as it was selling for a good 
price. They also sold mustard seed from plants that 
grew wild on the ranch which was also used as a war 
commodity. When they harvested the flax and 
mustard they used a team of horses and a combine. 
Nearly all of the haying and farm work was done 
with horses until the late 1950's. The horse-drawn 
machinery utilized to harvest the crops in the early 
years of their ranching career still exists on the 
ranch today. 

The year 1954, had more than its usual share of 
labor since that was the year Opal Fay was born on 
March 3. That was a great day for Opal as she finally 
had the daughter she had always wanted and the 
opportunity to sew little girls clothes. The clothes 
lasted longer on her little girl than her rambunctious 
boys. 




Bob and Opal Whittaker Adams 



Cattle have been the main source of income 
throughout the years for Bob and Opal. The ranch 
started out with only fifty head of cattle and only a 
few of those were registered Angus cows. Through 
dedication, goal setting and being good judges of 
cattle, they have developed one of the outstanding 
Angus herds in the Northwest. 

Horses have always been and will continue to be a 
common sight on their ranch. They raise registered 
shires to use for pulling the wagon and sleigh loads 
of hay to feed the cattle in the winter They use 
saddle horses for moving the cattle to their various 
pastures. 

Luxuries came slow to the small ranching 
community of Leadore. What many people took for 
granted and considered a necessity was not available 
to Bob and Opal. They did not have electricity until 
1950, nor running water in the house until 1951. 
There was no bathroom until 1956 and no telephone 
until 1970. The ranch has changed a great deal over 
the last forty-eight years. A place which had only 
one standing fence now has at least twenty miles of 
it. All kinds of sophisticated machinery has taken the 
place of the horse drawn machines. 

One of Bob's and Opal's career highlights came in 
1982 when they were named to the Eastern Idaho 
Agricultural Hall of Fame. Finally, after years of 
working side by side, they are now able to enjoy the 
fruits of their labor. They now can take time to enjoy 
six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

— Chet Adams 



John and Mary Ann Lish Adams 

John Henry Adams was born October 31, 1860 in 
La Morganshire, Wales, son of George Phillip and 
Sarah Ann Banem Adams. He came to the United 
States as an infant. He married Mary Ann Lish in 
Portage (Willard) Utah on January 9, 1883. She was 
born August 1863, in Magnolia, Iowa, the daughter of 
Henry Doctor Lish and Emily Allen. The couple lived 
in Idaho then Montana finally settling in Salmon, 
Idaho, in 1897. 

Mr. Adams was a pioneer prospector of Lemhi 
County and one of the first to own or open some of 
the mines in the valley that helped to develop the 
county. Among these were The Harmony Mine 
(which he sold later to William Burrages) which is 
located on Withington Creek. The Gold Dyke on 
Carmen Creek; the WhiteHorse, on Kirtley Creek and 
others. He also owned and operated a ranch on 
Kirtley Creek before retiring to Salmon City. They 
owned a home on North St. Charles street. 

Johnnie and son John were fiddlers and played for 
dances in the community. The names of the other 
members of the band are not known at this time. In 




Mary Ann Lish and John Adams 

1911 the newspaper advertised one of the dances at 
Carmen, a masquerade and the tickets sold for 
twenty-five cents each. John Henry Adams died from 
a serious kidney disease. April 26, 1927. His wife, 
Mary Ann Lish died April 16, 1933. Both are buried 
in the Salmon Cemetery. 

They had many children. Levina Adams, who was 
born in Malad, Idaho in 1883, was married three 
times. Her first marriage was to Edward Manfull in 
1900; her second marriage was to Clement Banen 
Adams in 1908; her third was Orville Crippin in 1922. 
Orville worked for the State Highway Department 
and owned a rock shop in Salmon. John Henry Jr. 
was born in Malad, Idaho in 1885 and was married 
to Rose Matthews in 1924. He died in 1939. Rose 
Matthews Adams married John's cousin Judah Wells, 
Jr. who played the fiddle for dances. Clement Carlos 
Adams was born in 1887 in Missoula, Montana and 
married Amanda Hartley in 1910. 

Bessie Adams, was born in 1896 in Dillon, Montana 
and married Ralph Hixon in 1915. Her second 
marriage was to Patrick O'Connell in January 3, 
1929. He was a barber for years in Salmon. Ruby 
Adams was born in 1898 in Salmon and married 
Floyd Hixon in 1915. They lived on Geertson Creek. 
James Adams (Jimmy) was born in 1900 in Salmon 
and married in 1928 to Douglas Walker. He worked 
for the State Highway Department and lived in 
Salmon. Elda Adams was born in 1903 in Salmon 
and married Harold Reneau in 1922. They lived in 
Montana. 

Pearl Adams was born in 1907 and married in 
1924 to Frank Kerin. They both played music for 
dances. She played the piano and he played the 
drums. He also worked at the local Chevy garage as 
a mechanic. Sarah, Myrtle, Stella, and George all 
died young or before marriage. 

— Wilma Williams 



Ralston and Rachel Horner Adams 



In 1862, John C. and Mary E. Miller Adams, 
grandparents of Ralston (Rollie), decided to go by 
wagon train from Illinois to Sierraville, California, 
spending the winter of 1862 in Virginia City, Nevada. 
It was during the time of the Civil War, some of 
John's family and friends were enlisting in the 
Northern Army. Many of the family were still in Ohio 
and Vermont where John's father had passed away 
in late 1844. John later sold his property in Vermont 
and moved to Illinois. 

John and Mary had a total of ten children, four 
born in lllinios, and six born in Sierra County, 
California. Two of their children died in Illinois when 
only a few months old. They lost four children in 
California in 1869 to diptheria, two within one week. 
One fourteen month old died in 1872. Three born in 
California lived to an old age, one being Ralston's 
father, William A. Adams. At fourteen, William nearly 
lost both his hands due to a blast while loading a 
muzzle loading shotgun. He later attended business 
college, where he met and married Tina Garfielda 
Fowler, a teacher at the college. 

Ralston, the youngest of eight children, was born 
December 20, 1921 in Quincy California having been 
schooled and reared in Plumas and Sierra Counties. 
He attended one year of college when World War II 
started. Ralston married Rachel Horner, March 17, 
1943, while working at Sacramento Air Depot. 
Rachel was born in West Virginia, January 15, 1921, 
the youngest of three children. She was schooled in 
Ohio and California and attended the University of 
California for one year. 

On July 2, 1943, Ralston joined the U.S. Air Force. 
He sailed from New York on the Queen Elizabeth on 
August 20, 1943 landing in Greenock, Scotland on 
August 25, 1943. Tina, Rollie's mother died August 
26, 1943. Ralston spent the next eighteen and a half 
months at Base Air Depot No. 1, Burtonwood, 
England; most of it as assistant foreman in the 
machine shop where there were three shifts with 
over two hundred workers each shift. 

On February 1945, T-Sargent Adams was chosen 
from B.A.D. #1, joining seven E.M.'s from other 
bases to fly to Massachusetts to study jet engines, 
then return to England to set up the bases for jet 
airplanes. Previously, our Air Force only had 
propeller planes. Then, on July 22, 1945, Ralston 
took a plane from Sacramento Air Base, and flew to 
New York to return to England. 

The European Theater War was ending so he was 
kept in the U.S. and worked at the wind tunnel labs 
in Virginia. In December 1945, he was honorably 
discharged at Fort Meade, Maryland. He then 
worked as general Superintendent for a construction 
company in Sacramento. 




Rachel Horner and Ralston (Rollie) Adams, April 9, 1977 



In 1951, he purchased a ranch in Yacolt, 
Washington to establish a boy's ranch. The boy's 
ranch did not materialize, but he and Rachel kept 
foster boys for a number of years. Ralston sold this 
ranch in 1957 and purchased a 1,640 acre ranch at 
Cazadero, California, running cattle and sheep while 
logging and milling. Selling this in 1964, they moved 
to Idaho purchasing the old Ball Ranch at Tendoy, 
where Chief Tendoy had lived. They also bought the 
Pyeatt Ranches, one of which is on the Lemhi River 
and one on Agency Creek, which had once been the 
old Sharkey Ranch. 

In 1965, Ralston helped organize the Lemhi 
County Farm Bureau, becoming its first president. 
The new organization had trouble obtaining an 
insurance salesman so Ralston went to Boise and 
got licensed in all four lines of insurance. He sold 
insurance from the ranch until a regular agent could 
be secured. 

It seemed that most of the Lemhi Cattle ended up 
in feed lots in Nebraska and Iowa, so Ralston and 
Rachel spent a month holding meetings in that area 
to find what kind of feeders they preferred. Buyers 
mostly liked pre-conditioned BlackWhite faced 
feeders. For several years Ralston put together train 
loads of feeders shipped to the stockyards in 
Omaha, Nebraska. The last time a shipment was 
made, between Lemhi and Horse Prairie, the 



shipment consisted of fifty-five double-deck cattle 
cars, three engines and five cabooses. The owners of 
the cattle rode in the cabooses. The train went from 
Pocatello to Omaha, Nebraska in twenty-one hours. 
The streamliners were sidetracked for it. Shipping 
was terminated because freight rates got too high. 

In 1970 Ralston sold the Ball Ranch to his son, 
Milton. In 1972 it was sold to the famous John B. 
Delorean when he was Vice-President of General 
Motors. Later in 1976 the Pyeatt Ranches were sold. 
The combination of these ranches had around four 
hundred head of range rights. The range ran from 
the ranches to the Continental Divide. 

After selling the ranches, Ralston and Rachel 
developed the Sunset Heights Subdivision on a half 
section they owned eight miles south of Salmon 
where they now live. Ralston and Rachel had four 
children. The oldest, Milton (Shorty), was born 
January 23, 1944 in California, whom, due to the 
war, Rollie didn't see until Shorty was thirteen 
months old. On May 28, 1967, Shorty married Vickie 
Patton. Their two children are Milton Dean and 
Donna Dawn. Dean, a Marine, is now an Embassy 
Guard stationed in Quito, Ecuador. Donna is still at 
home. After attending college. Shorty served in the 
Army in Vietnam. Presently, he and Vickie live in 
Grantsville, Utah, working at Tooele Army Base. 
Shorty writes repair manuals on new equipment like 
the Abrams M-1 Tank. Vickie is secretary in the 
Commander's Office. 

Karen, born June 24, 1947 in California, married 
Lawrence Johnson. Larry taught and coached in 
Salmon. He also coached in Dillon, Montana and is 
now a teacher and coach at Idaho Falls High School. 
They have four children. Charlene Rachel graduated 
from the University of Idaho on May 18, 1991. She 
has been accepted into law school. In 1989, she 
married Timothy Johnson, who is a third year 
chemical engineering student at U. Of Idaho. 

Karen and Larry's second child is Jeanette Carol 
who is a third year student at Idaho State University, 
intending to graduate as a Physical Therapist. Third 
daughter is Deborah Sue, who is a first year student 
at University of Idaho. Fourth is Laura Ellen, who 
attends Skyline High School in Idaho Falls. 

Rollie and Rachel's twin sons, Donald Terry and 
Ronald Gary, were born September 30, 1952 in 
Vancouver, Washington. Terry, after attending the 
University of Idaho, joined the U.S.A.F. He married 
Janette Eslick on April 13. 1973. Their two children 
are; Jason Lyie, now attending High School in 
Missoula, Montana, and Kimberly Joy, now attending 
school in Fredonia, Kansas where she lives with her 
mother. Terry purchased a wrecker yard in Salmon 
and is now establishing a wrecker service in Lolo, 
Montana where he lives with his present wife, 
Rebecca (Ellsworth) Adams whom he married 
December 31, 1990. 



Ronald Gary, after attending Idaho State 
University, also joined the U.S.A.F. making it a 
career. He has over twenty years in the service and 
has been stationed in Hawaii, 
Sicily, Turkey, Germany and is next due for two 
years in England. At present he is a M/Sgt. and is 
also still an eligible bachelor. 

Idaho, which celebrated it's one hundred year 
anniversary is a wonderful state to live and to raise 
children in. It is our humble opinion that some of the 
best citizens of these United States, both past and 
present live in Idaho. 

— Ralston Adams 



Lee and Emma Gravely Aikens 

Lee Aikens was born in Pickins County, South 
Carolina in August 1875, the son of Archibald Aikens 
and Rosetta Hendricks Aikens. In 1913, he married 
Emma Sarah Gravely who was born on March 4, 
1889, in Pickins County. She was the daughter of 
Richard and Elizabeth Gilstrap Gravely. 







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Lee and Emma Gravely Aikens 



Clockwise: Varnie, Dorothy, Virgil, Stella Aikens 

Lee and Emma Aikens left North Carolina and 
were in Dillon, Montana when their twin boys, Virgil 
Lee and Varnie Perry Aikens were born on 
September 14, 1914. They lived in Dillon for about a 
year before coming to Lemhi County in 1915, and at 
that time they bought a ranch on Boyle Creek from 
Verna Kellogg, the widow of Orson Kellogg. It was 
the first place above the fork on the North fork of 
Boyle Creek, and comprised approximately one 
hundred twenty acres. 

On March 5, 1915, their first daughter, Dorothy, 
was born in Salmon and their second daughter, 
Stella Elizabeth, was born a year and a day later, on 
March 6, 1916. The children attended the Boyle 
Creek school and Mrs. Verna Kellogg was their 
teacher for a time and also Ardith Harger Young. 

Lee had about fifty head of cows and also ran a 
small band of sheep for a while. He planted an 
orchard of pears, apples, cherries and plums just 
north of the house. Emma was a sought after 
midwife on the creek. As the boys grew, they helped 
with the ranch work. They had been told many times 
not to play with guns, but could not resist their 
father's 30/30. One time when their parents had 
gone to town, the twins, Virgil and Varnie, were 



sitting on their parents bed winen the gun 
accidentally fired, putting a sizable hole in the 
bedroom floor. They covered the hole with a rug, 
but as soon as their mother came into the house 
she smelled the gun powder and they were in for it. 

During prohibition days, it was said by some that 
Lee Aikens made the very best whiskey around. Mr. 
Viel said he trusted Lee's whiskey but not that made 
by some others. In time Lee acquired adjoining 
pieces of land and enlarged the ranch. He later sold 
about six or seven acres of the lower end to Erie 
Embley, who built a cabin and lived there for a while 
until he moved to Washington. 

On June 2, 1935, Dorothy married Arlen Matthews 
who lived just down the Salmon River. Their children 
are Ralph, Roy and Arlene Matthews. Dorothy died 
in California. Stella married Eddie Silver of Salmon in 
1937, and now lives in Burney, California. Their 
children are; Carl, Lea, Martha and Shirley. Virgil 
married Thelma Ankrum Shafner in 1944. He worked 
for some time in the uranium mines at Moab, Utah 
and died there in July 1966 of cancer. Varnie 
married Clover Williams, daughter of Mary and Harry 
Williams, in 1946. They make their home at Hayden 
Creek, south of Salmon. Varnie and Clover's children 
are David Aikens, who married Marva Webb, and 
Janet Aikens Whitson and Ann Aikens. 

After a prolonged illness, Emma Aikens died on 
May 7, 1939, at her home on Boyle Creek. After her 
death, and with all the children living away from 
home, Lee decided to lease the ranch and went to 
stay in the little cabin built by Erie Embley, which 
was vacant at that time, on what had been the lower 
end of the Aikens Ranch. He died there on June 18, 
1943. Both Lee and Emma Gravely Aikens are buried 
in the Salmon Cemetery. 

— Varnie Aikens 



David and Elizabeth Anderson Ainsworth 

Des Moines, Iowa was the birthplace of David Gait 
Ainsworth, who was born there September 18, 1905, 
the son of Samuel and Callie McCormick Ainsworth. 
He grew up and received his education in the Des 
Moines school system. He then attended Iowa State 
College, where he majored in Agricultural 
Journalism. He was employed in the newspaper 
business in Iowa in news reporting and advertising. 

Elizabeth Anderson, born April 19, 1909 in 
Madison, Wisconsin, was the daughter of Curtis K. 
and Lena Fahner Anderson. When she was four years 
old, the family moved to Charles City, Iowa, where 
she attended school. She, too, then attended Iowa 
State College. 

Elizabeth and David G. Ainsworth were married 
March 25, 1933, in Charles City and they made their 




Dave and Elizabeth Ainsworth 

home in Spirit Lake, Iowa for many years. While 
living there, David served for awhile in the Iowa 
State Legislature, and Elizabeth was active in 
community affairs. She served for a time as Worthy 
Matron of the Twilight Chapter of the Order of 
Eastern Star; was an avid golfer and was President 
of the Woman's Federated Club for two years. She 
also enjoyed fishing. 

In 1942, the Ainsworths moved to Washington, 
D.C., while David served in the U.S. Army and was 
stationed at the Pentagon. Later they returned to 
the family farm and operated it until 1952, when 
they entered into an automobile dealership, 

The Ainsworths vacationed in the West in 1958, 
and decided to move to Salmon, Idaho and set up a 
radio station. KSRA Radio was the first broadcasting 
station in the Salmon River Country. It went on the 
air in 1959; the Ainsworths owned and operated it 
until 1969, at which time they sold the business and 
retired. 

Dave Ainsworth was a member of the Episcopal 
Church of the Redeemer in Salmon; a member of 
the Rotary Club, having served as president and 
completing a term as Rotary International District 
Governor, District 542, in 1972-1973; and was a 
Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International. 

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 11, AF 
and AM; Twilight Lodge 829; AF and AM in Spirit 



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Lake, Iowa; Salmon Chapter 14 Royal Masons; 
Salmon Commandry 9; and Hugh Duncan Chapter 2, 
Order of Eastern Star. He belonged to the American 
Legion, LLoyd Shaw Post 67; Salmon Elk's Lodge 
1620, BPOE; Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and Sigma 
Delta Chi, a professional fraternity. 

Many things were of interest to Dave Ainsworth, 
especially the history of the area and the out-of- 
doors. He was appointed as Idaho representative 
and vicechairman of the National Lewis and Clark 
Trail Committee during the Eisenhower 
Administration; served officially in Outdoors, 
Unlimited, Inc.; was a member of the Idaho 
Historical Society; and was a member of the Historic 
Sites Review Board of Idaho. He was also a past 
president of the Idaho State Broadcaster's 
Associations. 

Mrs. Ainsworth was interested in studying and 
raising a variety of orchids in her greenhouse. She 
traveled extensively with her husband after he was 
elected district governor of Rotary International in 
1971. She, also, was an active member of the 
Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, and a member 
of Hugh Duncan Chapter 2, Order of Eastern Star. 
Later, her health began to fail and she was confined 
to her home. 

Death came to David G. Ainsworth at his home 
February 19, 1983, following a brief illness. Elizabeth 
continued to live in her home until her illness made 
it necessary for her to go to the hospital. She died 
at Steele Memorial Hospital, September 20, 1984. 
Both of the Ainsworths are buried in Salmon's City 
Cemetery. 

— History Committee 

Elizabeth Kirkham Albertson 

Elizabeth Kirkham Albertson was born August 29, 
1899 at the Katy Ranch at Tendoy. She was the 
daughter of Robert and Margaret Sharkey Kirkham. 
Beth attended the Sunfield School, Tendoy, and 
Salmon High School. She later became enrolled at 
Lewiston Normal School at Lewiston, Idaho and 
graduated from there. She also attended school in 
Pocatello, Idaho, Albion Normal, and then the 
Western Montana College in Dillon. 

Beth began her teaching career at the Baker 
School in 1917 and then went to Challis and taught 
school there. Beth Kirkham met Clarence Burstedt 
and they were married June 19, 1922. Clarence died 
January 3, 1929 of pneumonia. 

Elizabeth returned to Baker where she resumed 
teaching. On June 2, 1933, she married Paul 
Albertson in Pocatello, Idaho. She went to Patterson 
to teach school in 1940 and 1941 when Paul was 
working at the Ima Mine. 



In 1942, she returned to the Salmon Schools and 
taught here for seventeen years. In 1971, she 
retired from teaching in the Challis and Salmon 
School Districts, after having taught forty-three 
years. Beth Kirkham Albertson was a member of the 
Professional Education Association, Rebekah Lodge 
at Dillon (Western Montana), and at Caldwell. Due to 
a broken hip, she didn't teach for two years. She 
died May 7, 1984 in Salmon after thirteen years of 
retirement. 

— History Committee 

Arthur Leslie and Margaret Coles Aldous 

Les was born March 12, 1899 at Clyde, Idaho. He 
was the second son of William Henry Aldous and 
Julia Viola Quigley. He died February 7, 1974 and 
was buried at Salmon, Idaho. He was the brother of: 
William Henry (1894-1950), Roxie Egge (1990-1965), 
George E. "Ted" (1902-1970), Loice Loneta 
Brough/Bell (1906-1948), Bernice Victoria Bryant 
(1907-1958), Herbert Andrew (1911-1981), Robert 
James (1914-1978). 

Les spent his younger days in Clyde, Idaho. He 
came to Salmon in 1920 and worked for Stuart and 
Brown. He married Margaret Elizabeth Coles 
December 3, 1923 in Salmon. She was the daughter 
of John Henry Coles and Fannie Margaret Long. 
John Coles came from Oxfordshire England in 1881 
and to Lemhi County in 1889. He homesteaded the 
ranch that Arthur and Claire Aldous live on now, 
having received his Homestead papers in 1901. 
Margaret was born February 25, 1906 in Salmon, 
Idaho, and she died April 9, 1976 in Salmon. 
Margaret had a brother, John Daniel (1900-1916) 
and one sister, Emma May Coles Bennett, (1902- 
1043). Les and Margaret had three sons; Darrell 
Coles, (1924), Arthur Rollo (1926), Leslie Delbert 
"Scoop" (1928). 

In Les' earlier life, he worked at various jobs. He 
did cat work for the Forest Service and assessment 
work on mining claims. He opened the road above 
Maxwell's house between Scarecrow and Queen 
Mines (Boogerville). He worked for different mining 
companies. Once he dug large test holes, by hand, 
up Kirtley Creek. When they were mining over in 
Moose Creek area, Margaret cooked for a crew at 
the camp located between Moose Creek and Dump 
Creek. Les also hauled ore for Howard Sims, from 
Shoefly Mine to the Mill at the head of Diamond 
Gulch. (The Mill is now at the Historical Museum in 
Boise, Idaho, donated by Marjorie Sims). 

Les rode for the Cattleman Association over in the 
Moose Creek area. He and Margaret would carry a 
tent on the back of their horses. Margaret would 
ride with one of the boys sitting on a pillow; they 



would sleep wherever, sometimes at the Moose 
Creek Meadows and other times in the old Mullin 
cabin. While riding for Fred Kohl one summer, Les 
roped a wild heifer, with calf, using some of the milk 
for his family. 

Les and his boys would drive their cattle to the Big 
Hole, over the old Gibbonsville road every spring. 
They would camp at various camp spots such as 
Wagonhammer, Delonegy (Dahlonega), Gibtown 
(Gibbonsville) and the 1120 Ranch. It would take 
three or four days. Their last cattle drive was in 
1952. 

The winter of 1949, they took their cattle to feed 
in the Bitterroots. Les was one of the truck drivers 
that released thirty husky elk on the game preserve 
on Panther Creek near the mouth of Deer Creek. 
The elk were transported from Mammoth Hot 
Springs in Yellowstone Park. The trip took seventeen 
and a half hours. 



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Margaret and Les Aldous 

After Les and Margaret were married, they lived 
on the home ranch for awhile. In 1938, they went to 
Elk City and Les worked on a dredge boat. In 1939, 
they leased the Bank Ranch from her father and 
lived there till 1962. They moved up Carmen Creek 
on the Fred Rose Ranch (which is occupied by John 
and April Aldous now). They lived there until 1972 
then returned to home ranch till their deaths. In 
their retirement years, they spent some of their 
winter months in Arizona and Mexico. 

Les belonged to lOOF and Margaret to Anna 
Rebekah Lodge #14. Their children and 
grandchildren are as follows: Darrell and Joyce 
(Moultrie) and their children, Leslie Lorraine 
"Sockie" Walchli (1947), Danny Michael (1949): 
Arthur and Claire (Moultrie) and their children, 
Steven Arthur (1950-1950), Pamela Kit Helmandollar 
(1952), John Arthur (1953), Wendy Jo Jenkins 



(1955), Andrea Janette (1959): Leslie "Scoop" and 
Pat, and their children, Teresa Marie ; Six; Hudson 
(1953), Marlene Elizabeth Mahaffey, Musch (1955), 
Rodney Brent (1957-1975), and Leslie Kevin (1958). 

— Mrs. ' 'Scoop ' ' Pat Aldous 

Arthur Rollo and Claire Moultrie Aldous 

Arthur Rollo Coles Aldous was born at the Rose 
Hospital on March 24, 1928 in Salmon, Idaho, the 
second son of Margaret Elizabeth Coles and Arthur 
Leslie Aldous. Arthur grew up in and around the 
Salmon area but mostly on his Grandfather Coles' 
two ranches located a couple of miles north of town. 

Arthur spent much of his childhood and early 
adulthood riding the range and mountains with his 
father who rode for the Moose Creek Cattleman 
Association. During this time Arthur learned to love 
the mountain wilderness with its variety of wild 
animals, clear streams and wooded lands. 

While Arthur was in grade school, he had to walk 
the two plus miles although sometimes he rode his 
horse. After he arrived at school, the horse would be 
turned loose to return home. At times other 
children, also on their way to school would catch 
and mount the animal and continue on their way. 

When he was older, Arthur would often leave his 
gun at the ranch gate during the evening. He would 
leave for school in the morning, pick up the gun and 
go hunting instead of attending classes. 

Arthur married Claire Lovisa Moultrie on June 20, 
1949, in Jackson, Wyoming. Claire was born May 19, 
1931 in Thayne, Wyoming. Arthur took his new wife 
to the Coles' home ranch where they raised their 
family of one son and three daughters. Stephen, 
their first child, born May 2, 1950, died shortly after 
birth. On April 16, 1952, their second child, Pamela 
Kit was born; followed by John Arthur on November 
22, 1953; Wendy Jo on December 5, 1955; and 
Andrea Janette on October 4, 1959. 

In the mid 1950's, Arthur bought a stock truck 
and an Idaho Public Utilities permit. Over the next 
few years, he purchased several more trucks and 
established A&M Truckline. 

The truckline was not Arthur's only venture. In 
1961, he bought the Rose Ranch on Carmen Creek 
where he raised Hereford cattle. Then in 1962, 
Arthur started raising potatoes which he continued 
to do for a number of years. 

Arthur was an avid hunter and fisherman spending 
weeks in the mountains each fall. Even though he 
did not pack or guide for hire, people would travel 
from all over the United States to hunt with him. 

Arthur had dreams of starting his own elk ranch. 
Although he thought and talked about it for many 
years, the dream never materialized into reality 



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Claire Moultrie Aldous, Arthur Rollo Coles Aldous 

mostly due to the fact that he could not seem to 
find the right contacts. Twenty years of dreaming 
and planning went by before his efforts began to pay 
off. In 1975, Arthur bought a "Private Park Permit" 
from the Department of Fish and Game and two 
heifer calves from the Spokane Ranch in Wisdom, 
Montana. Throughout the next four years, he 
purchased nineteen head of elk. Within a few years 
the herd had increased to sixty-three head of elk. A 
"Commercial Game Farm Permit" was needed at 
this time in order to sell some of the herd. Over the 
next several years, Arthur reduced his herd to 
twenty-five head which he has maintained to date. 

Due to poor health in 1985, Arthur became semi- 
retired. He and his wife, Claire, have divided their 
time between their home in Salmon and Alaska 
where they spend their summers fishing and 
hunting. 

Of Arthur and Claire's four surviving children, John 
and Wendy have remained on the ranches in 
Salmon. Pamela and Andrea Janette live in Alaska 
with their families. To date, Arthur and Claire have 
nine grandchildren (two granddaughters deceased) 
and two greatgrandchildren. 



— Pamela Helmandollar 
— Claire Moultrie Aldous 



Darrell Coles and Joyce Moultrie Aldous 

Darrell Aldous was born September 29, 1924, at 
the home of his greatgrandmother, Mrs. John Long. 
He has spent his entire life in this area, with the 
exception of the years he was in the Navy during 
World War II. 

He is the son of Leslie A. and Margaret Coles 
Aldous. He has two brothers, Arthur R. and Leslie D. 
(Scoop). In his early years, the family lived on the 
Coles ranch and also at the Coles home in town. 
Darrell spent a lot of time with his grandparents. He 
worked on the ranch, in the hayfields and helped 
with the cattle. 

Darrell attended school in Salmon. In high school, 
he was a member of the wrestling team. He liked to 
visit at the Salmon Hot Springs, which was owned 
and operated by his uncle, Fred Brough. He spent 
many enjoyable hours there with his cousin F. Lowell 
Brough. 

At the age of sixteen he was driving cattle trucks 
for Fred Rose. The Aldous's later bought the trucks 
and so a lot of time was spent driving. Due to World 
War II, he never finished his schooling. He entered 
the Navy on March 23, 1944, and took his boot 
camp training at Farragut, Idaho. After boot camp, 
he went by train to Solomons, Maryland for training 
on LCT-5's. From there he went by train to New 
Orleans, Louisiana for gunnery training on an LST- 
577. He went from New Orleans on the LST-577 
through the Panama Canal to the Pacific Ocean. 

The ship crossed the Equator and all who had not 
been before received their initiation. Darrell served 
on several different LCT's (Landing crafts) and saw a 
lot of the Pacific Islands, some of which were the 
New Hebredes, Solomons, the Philippines, and 
Hawaii. He was able to go ashore in China and spent 
several months in and out of Korea. He came back 
from overseas in May 1946 to San Francisco and 




Joyce Moultrie Aldous and Darrell Coles Aldous 



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Treasure Island and from there went to Bremerton, 
Washington. He was discharged from the Navy at 
Bremerton on May 30, 1946. He came home to 
Salmon and to the ranch where he had grown up 
and was very happy to be back. 

He met Joyce Moultrie at Lumley's drugstore 
where she was employed. The couple were married 
November 4, 1946. They had two children, Leslie 
Lorraine, born August 29, 1947, and Danny Michael, 
born May 14, 1949. They also have five 
grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. 

They owned and operated the Bank Ranch until it 
was sold in 1972. They kept a few acres and their 
home and so still reside in the same place as they 
did when they were first married. 

Their years together have been very busy. The 
ranch work was hard and Darrell began to have 
trouble with his back. At one time they were milking 
thirty-two cows as well as haying and taking care of 
the range cows. They also had a few sheep. 

Picnicking was one of their favorite pastimes. 
Darrell's parents really loved it too and it became a 
regular family outing. Darrell liked to hunt and fish. 
He took time off every fall to go out and get his deer 
and elk. Williams Lake was a favorite fishing place. 
The fish were plentiful and delicious. The entire 
family would go to the lake and camp and fish. 

One year he worked as a guide for Jack Becker. 
They camped and hunted in the Sweat Lake area 
and at Indian Creek. In 1972, he went to work for 
the Department of Fish and Game. Some of the 
winter months were spent vacationing in California 
and Arizona. In 1979, they took up square dancing 
which has been an enjoyable pastime. Darrell retired 
from the Fish and Game in 1989. He is now busy 
fishing, hunting, yard work, and enjoys going to the 
mountains on picnics and also for getting their 
winter supply of wood. 

— Joyce Aldous 
Leslie Delbert and Patricia Ann Aldous 

Leslie Delbert "Scoop" was born June 9, 1928 in 
Salmon, Idaho. He was the third son of Arthur Leslie 
Aldous (1899-1974) and Margaret Elizabeth Coles 
(1906-1976). He has two brothers, Darrell Coles 
(1924), and Arthur Rollo (1926). Scoop spent most 
of his childhood on the Bank Ranch, two miles north 
of Salmon, on Highway 93. He graduated in 1946 
from Salmon High School, and went one year to the 
University of Idaho in Moscow. 

In March 1951, Scoop joined the U.S. Navy. After 
boot camp, he served in the Navy Air Force, in the 
reserved Squadron VF 154 which was phased out a 
year later and became Regular Navy Squadron VF 
837. He made three cruises overseas, lasting nine 
months each. The ships he served on were the 
Antietam, the Princeton, and the Yorktown. 



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Leslie D. "Scoop" Aldous 

When he was in the States he was stationed at 
Morret Field. He was entitled to wear the following 
service ribbons. National Defense, Korean Service, 
United Nations, China Service, Good Conduct, Navy 
Unit Citation, and Korean Presidential Unit Citation. 

Scoop and Pat were married on May 28, 1952 in 
Salmon Idaho. Their first daughter, Teresa Marie was 
born June 6, 1953, Salmon and their second 
daughter, Marlene Elizabeth was born March 8, 
1955. Later, on March 24, 1955, Scoop was 
discharged from the Navy. They were making their 
home on the Bank Ranch when their first son, 
Rodney Brent was born in 1957. A month later we 
moved on the Fred Rose Ranch up Carmen Creek 
(where John and April Aldous live now). On May 28, 
1958, their second son was born, Kevin Leslie. 

Scoop ranched there for four years, when on April 
16, 1960, a fire destroyed their two story frame 
house. The blaze started from a defective wire in the 
wall. They moved a house from Cobalt, forging the 
Salmon River just below the Carmen Bridge then up 
the Carmen Road to the ranch. 

Scoop and Pat lived there one more year and then 
left the ranch and moved to their brick home at 706 
Sharkey St. Scoop went to work for John Long at 
City Pack which started him on his butchering 



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career. He worked for City Pack for ten years, till it 
closed down. Scoop worked for the County for 
awhile and helped build some roads for Quinton 
Snook Sr. 

Scoop and Pat traded their home on Sharkey 
Street for their present home and Meat Packing 
business at 1706-1 Mary Street. They operate 
Scoop's Meat Processing on a part- time basis. 
Scoop makes some of the best wild game salami in 
the world. 

Other work Scoop did before living on Mary Street 
involved cutting logs for Columbia Helicopter. Later, 
he worked for the Champion Saw Mill at North Fork, 
Idaho. In 1979, he went to Alaska and worked for 
Gulf Timber at Icy Bay, driving heavy equipment for 
building roads. In 1980, Pat went with Scoop and 
cooked for the logging crew. 

They came home to Salmon in November and 
opened up the shop for hunting season. The next 
May, Scoop went to work for Cyprus Thompson 
Mines at Clayton Idaho as a heavy equipment 
operator. Pat went to work at the Man Camp for 
Holleran Food Service, cooking till they closed and 
moved the camp. 

Scoop is assistant supervisor now and will retire in 
1993 from Cyprus. He is an avid sportsman, he loves 
to fish and to hunt. If their health holds , Pat and 
Scoop plan on doing a lot of both, and they will have 
lots of time to spend with their grandchildren which 
number five presently and one due in May of 1991. 
Teresa and Bill Six had Marie Bodel in 1981. Marlene 
and Steve Mahaffey had Stephen Brent, 1977, and 
Tara Jean in 1981. Marlene and Brad Musch had 
Amy Joanne in 1988. Kevin and Tracey Ellsworth 
Aldous had Heather Nichole in 1989 and are 
expecting in May. 

Scoop and Pat have lived all of their lives in Lemhi 
Valley as many of their ancestors did, and they love 
their valley as much they imagine their ancestors 
did. 

— Patricia Ann Aldous 




Leslie Delbert "Scoop" and Patricia Ann Aldous 



Robert Gary and Shawna Sager Aldous 

Robert Gary Aldous was born in Salmon, Idaho to 
Bob and Eleanor Aldous on July 23, 1952. He 
attended all his school years in Salmon. As a boy his 
passion was to fish and to camp with his father. 
They spent endless hours on the riverbank together. 
His other love was sports. He played baseball and 
basketball almost non-stop. While a senior in high 
school, his team won the district championship and 
went on to take second in the State Championship 
in 1970. 

Gary continued his education at Idaho State 
University at Pocatello. He played one year of 
college Basketball while there. In 1974, he received 
his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary 
Education. In 1983, he received his Masters from 
Idaho State University. 

Shawna Dell Sager Aldous was born in Salmon, 
Idaho to Bill and Maxine Crook Sager on June 11, 
1954 Except for a few months of first grade, she 
attended school in Salmon. She loved living on the 
family ranch at Baker. She was a 4-H member for 
nine years, including being a Junior Leader. Being 
one of the only girls in the Baker area, she babysat 
most of the children there for many years. She 
enjoyed her high school years and loved people. She 
worked for the ASCS office as an aide for a year and 
also for a summer at the Court House in the County 
Agent's office. Shawna attended two years of college 
at Idaho State University and Ricks College. 

Shawna married Gary Aldous in Salmon, on August 
17, 1973 at the Salmon Stake Center. They moved 
to Pocatello, Idaho where they both attended Idaho 
State University. After Gary graduated from college, 
in 1974, they moved back to Salmon where Gary 
was employed as a math teacher in the High School 
and as an assistant coach in football and basketball. 
Shawna worked for the Blue Cross Veterinary Clinic 
until the birth of their first child, Rebecca Camille, 
on October 26, 1975. Lana Rochelle was born in 
Salmon on March 7, 1977. 

After teaching in Salmon for three years, Gary got 
a teaching and coaching job in American Falls, Idaho. 
In 1983, Gary became head basketball coach at the 
High School. He coached his team to a district 
championship his first year, something that had not 
been done in seventeen years. 

Shawna had a day care in her home so she could 
stay home with her two girls. Many days, one would 
find as many as twenty little ones running around 
the house. In 1981, Dustin Robert joined their 
family. He was born in Pocatello on July 23. Dustin is 
very active in all sports especially soccer. He enjoys 
school and makes friends easily. Becky is also active 
in sports, enjoying softball, volleyball, and basketball. 
As a freshman, she was named American Falls High 
School Athlete of the Month for January of 1991. 



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She was also freshman class Vice-President 

Rochelle also is active. She enjoys softball and 
basketball and is co-editor of the Middle School 
Annual. When Becky was in the eighth grade and 
Rochelle was in the seventh grade, they were 
chosen Queen and Princess of the Valentine Dance. 



— Robert Gary Aldous 



Rodney Brent Aldous 



Rodney was the first son of Leslie "Scoop" and 
Patricia Ann Aldous. He was born on January 2, 
1957 . At birth, his eyes were so big for his little 
face, he reminded us of a baby Hoot Owl. He lived in 
Salmon all his life. He graduated from Salmon High 
School in May 1975 having been a Boy Scout. 

Rodney loved animals, small children, and was 
especially kind to older people. He enjoyed playing 
cards with them at Grange card parties. He loved to 
fish as much as his dad, and most always would 
catch his limit. When Rodney wasn't bowling on one 
of the men's bowling teams, you could always find 
him keeping score for one of the other teams. 

He liked white cake best, and I spent a lot of time 
trying to put weight on him, for he was a tall skinny 
blue-eyed blond. When Rodney gave you his word, 
you could always depend on him. He had one 
younger brother, Leslie Kevin, born in 1958 and two 
older sisters, Teresa Marie born in 1953, and 





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Teresa, Rodney, Kevin, and Marlene Aldous 



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Rodney Brent Aldous 



Marlene Elizabeth born in 1955. 

Rodney had been fishing the day he fell from the 
back of a pickup eight miles north of Salmon on U.S. 
93, on June 23, 1975. He was loved and is missed 
everyday by his family and friends. 

— Patricia Ann Aldous 



William H. and Julia Quigley Aldous 

William Henry Aldous was born January 31, 1867 
in Huntsville, Weber County, Utah to Charles and 
Lucy Drake Aldous. His parents raised a large family 
of six boys and five girls. 

"Hank" was a rancher all his life. In his teens, he 
worked in Downey, Idaho, and then in Montana. As a 
cowboy, he was a friend of Charles Russell, the 
famous western painter. In the 1880's, he 
homesteaded in Little Lost River Valley. His cattle 
numbered in the hundreds and he had over two 
hundred Appaloosa horses. 

He met Julia Viola Quigley while she was working 
for the D.B. Hawley household. Henry and Julia were 
married on February 22, 1893 in Howe, Idaho. Their 
children were: William, Leslie, Roxy, George, Loice, 
Bernice, Herbert, and Robert. 

Julia was a good manager and kept the accounts. 
Twice a year they traveled by team to Downey to 
purchase supplies and for visiting. Julia was known 
from afar with her fringed top buggy. The Aldous 
ranch was known for its hospitality. Mrs. Hawley 
came to visit and while there gave birth to baby 
Worth. 

When William Jr. was a baby, Julia's mother, 
Almira Kyle, died during childbirth. The newborn 
daughter, Jeanette, was taken in and raised as their 
own. Kinship ties were maintained with Hank's 
cousins, including David Drake of Challis, Lidge 
Bingham of Blackfoot and Rose Faulert of Little Lost. 



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Following the birth of her last son, Julia contracted 
the measles and the flu. Both she and Robert died 
December 28, 1916. This was a bitter blow. Hank's 
oldest sister, Anna Sewell, and her husband Joe 
introduced his sister Isabelle to Hank and they were 
married. William Jr. went into the Army. The 
planning and management of the ranch declined and 
eventually, the Little Live Stock Co. acquired the 
ranch. 

The family started to scatter. Roxie moved to 
Salmon and married. Loice went to the Sacred Heart 
Academy in Ogden for a year, then went to live with 
Jeanette Kyle Steele at May, Idaho. Loice followed 
Roxie to Salmon. Loice met and married Fred J. 
Brough, April 1, 1922. Bernice married Earl Bryant 
and moved to Baker, Oregon where they were joined 
by George (Ted) and Robert. 

Hand and Isabelle moved to Marysville, California, 
they were joined in 1924 by Fred and Loice and 
their young son and were involved in gold mining. 
After a year they returned to Salmon. Hank divorced 
Isabelle in 1929. He lived at the Salmon Hot Springs 
with the Broughs for two or three years. Hank 
courted and married Katherina Bertsch of Arco. 
They lived in Baker, Oregon for a few years and 
returned to the lower ranch of the Hot Springs from 
1934-1940. Hank and Katherina separated in 1939 
and he moved in with Jim and Roxie Egge on the 
Shoup Ranch. 

Hank had an even disposition, was never angry, 
and had a dry sense of humor. He was fond of his 
seven grandsons. At last a granddaughter, Charlotte, 
was born and she was the apple of his eye. Later 
five more grandsons and one more granddaughter 
were born. 

Hank was a "consistent driver" always driving 
forty-five miles per hour. When his oldest grandson 
asked him why he always went so fast in town at the 
intersections, he replied "It was too dangerous to 
slow down and you had to get through the 
intersection!" 




Julia Viola Quigley and William 'Hank' Aldous 



His health began to decline. He had a dream of 
seeing a little black dog and if he waged his tail, he 
would recover and get well. This didn't happen and 
he died February 24, 1941 of myocarditis angina 
pectoris. 

— Frederick Lowell Brough 



Richard L. and Marilyn Monahan Alford 

We are newcomers, having been here only a little 
more than twenty years. When Dick retired from the 
Navy in 1970, we decided to leave the 
overpopulated west coast behind and find a home 
somewhere in the mountains. After extensive travel 
in the intermountain region, we settled in Salmon on 
Tower Creek, buying the second place north of the 
fork. 

At that time, there were only a few neighbors. 
Beth and Bob Dillon were at the mouth of the creek 
and had the only telephone. We really didn't miss 
having a phone, but it was nice to be able to use 
theirs occasionally. Half a mile below us were Doc 
and Louise Norton, and a mile above us were Ralph 
and Blanch Cottrell. They made us feel welcome. On 
the east fork were Ted and Maryanne Tudor, and at 
the head of that fork were Arch and Myrtle Marsing. 
All were wonderful neighbors and helped us 
enormously during our first years on the creek. We 
had much to learn about all those things that 
everyone but us seemed to know about. We spent a 
number of years remodeling the old house, which 
had been build about 1908 by Orsen H. Kellogg. 
Also, there was a good deal of fencing to be done, 
sagebrush to clear and a barn to build. 

Judith Gay, our daughter, attended school in 
Salmon and Maridean Bromley made her feel at 
home in that first semester of sixth grade. After high 
school, she went on to receive her degree in nursing 
at Idaho State University. While there, she met her 
future husband Jerry Alexander Justice of Twin Falls. 
They were married on June 6, 1981 in an outdoor 
wedding at the ranch on Tower Creek. Their first 
child, Chase Justice, died at the age of fifteen 
months. With their two daughters. Gemma and 
Casandra, they now live in Clarkston, Michigan. 

Marilyn's parents, Margaret and Edward Monahan, 
spent the last years of their lives with us in Salmon. 
Both are buried in the Salmon Cemetery. 

Richard Lindsay Alford was born May 7, 1926 in 
Medford, Oregon, the only son of Herbert Lindsay 
Alford and Bernice Winifred Crowson. Both of his 
parents came from pioneer families of Southern 
Oregon. 

After graduating high school in Medford, Dick 
entered the Navy and under the V-12 program, 
attended Carrol College at Helena, Montana and the 



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University of Colorado at Boulder, where he received 
a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned 
an Ensign in 1948. In 1956. he received a Master of 
Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School 
at Monterey, California. 

During his naval career, he served as Commanding 
Officer of the USS Redhead AMS-34, the USS Brush 
DD-745, and served on numerous other ships at sea. 
He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, two navy 
Commendation Medals with combat distinguishing 
device, and the Meritorious Service Medal. In 1970, 
Dick retired from active duty with the rank of 
Commander. He is an avid golfer and designs and 
builds firearms in his spare time. 

Marilyn Margaret Monahan, my full name, was 
born in San Pedro, California on January 13, 1931. 
My parents were Richard Hilton Wharton and 
Margaret Ida Turner. I legally took the name of my 
stepfather, Edward R. Monahan, before my 
marriage. I attended school in Los Angeles and Long 
Beach, California, and graduated from the Medical 
Assistants program of Long Beach City College, 
earning an Associate Degree. 




Marilyn and Richard Alford 

On April 2, 1952, we were married at Bayshore 
Congregational Church in Belmont Shore, California. 
Eight months after the wedding, Dick was serving in 
the Korean Theater in command of a Minesweeper. 
After a year and a half, he returned and we went to 
Monterey, California where he attended the Naval 
Post Graduate School. After six months on the east 
coast, we were once again in California, stationed at 
San Diego. Dick's ship went to sea a week before 



our daughter Judith Gay was born on September 22, 
1959, at Coronado, California. He returned to see 
his daughter for the first time, six months later. 

During the following years we lived in Albuquerque, 
New Mexico, and Japan before returning to 
California. While we were in Japan, Judy started 
school. There was no American kindergarten so she 
attended the "Cherry Blossom School", a Japanese 
kindergarten taught by Australian nuns. Needless to 
say there were some interesting language patterns 
and accents there. During our nearly three years in 
Japan the Vietnam War began and upon returning to 
California, Dick became Commanding Officer of a 
destroyer which served in Vietnam for quite some 
time. 

During Dick's naval career, I was active in the 
Navy Relief Society, various Navy wives groups and 
was president of the Fleet Officers' Wives Club of 
Long Beach, California. Since coming to Salmon, I 
have worked as a volunteer at the Public Library and 
was a member of the board of directors of the 
Lemhi County Humane Society. I am a glass artist 
exhibiting in galleries throughout the west. 

— Marilyn Alford 

Jesse L. and Laura McQuade Allen 

Jesse Lawrence Allen was born in Cedar Point, 
Idaho, November 20, 1916 to Thomas Park and 
Agnes Jensen Allen. Laura Ellen McQuade Allen was 
born in Ogden, Utah, April 16, 1926, to Joseph John 
and Claricy Louise Little McQuade. 

Jesse attended school in Rexburg and Shelley, 
Idaho. Upon graduating from Shelley High School in 
May of 1935, he left, with his brother and sisters, for 
Salmon, Idaho where his father had a butcher shop 
in Pelton's store. Jesse was to work there at the 
store. In 1937, Jesse served a mission for the 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints in 
Argentina. 

In 1941, he joined the U. S. Air Force and saw 
action in Europe as a tail and ball turret gunner. 
Jesse was shot down twice, once landing in the 
Tyrrhenian Sea where he received a severe back 
injury that required many months of hospitalization. 

While stationed in Denver, Colorado, he met and 
married Laura Ellen McQuade of Rawlins, Wyoming 
who was attending college in Denver at that time. 
They were married in Denver on April 26, 1945. This 
marriage was solemnized in the Logan, Utah Temple 
on May 24, 1945. 

Upon his discharge from the military, they moved 
to Salmon, Idaho where Jesse worked with his father 
at Salmon Cold Storage as a butcher and meat 
cutter. He also worked in the cheese factory that 
was adjoining it. He did custom grain grinding and 



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FRONT ROW: Judy, Jesse, Laura, and Cheryl BACK ROW: Larry, 
Kent, Marva, Connie, and David Allen 



also delivered ice from the ice plant to the homes 
and businesses of Salmon. The power was furnished 
by the "Mill Ditch" that took water from the Lemhi 
River down a flume and over a wheel. Auxiliary 
power was used in cases of emergency. 

Jesse and Laura are the parents of seven children; 
Cheryl, Larry, Judy, Kent, Marva, Connie, and David. 
They attended school in Salmon and graduated from 
Salmon High School where they were active in 
school activities. They all attended Rick's college and 
Cheryl graduated from Hollywood Beauty School in 
Ogden, Utah. Larry graduated from Boise State 
University, Judy graduated from the University of 
Idaho, Kent from Brigham Young University and 
from the University of the Pacific Dental School in 
San Francisco. Marva and Connie graduated from 
Brigham Young University, and David from BYU and 
the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, 
Texas. 

In 1948, Jesse and Laura built their own meat 
processing plant and also a home on property they 
had purchased from Idaho Power. They operated 
this business for twenty years but, due to health 
problems, they had to close the business. 

In 1956, they started raising mink. They started 
with twenty-five mink and built up to several 
hundred. At their first mink show they had the 
poorest mink shown, but with hard work and more 
knowledge, they later had the grand champion. 

Jesse taught Seminary for the Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter-Day-Saints for twenty-one years and 
was a substitute teacher for the high school 
teaching Spanish, English, Math and Shop. 

Jesse and Laura have been active in Scouting. 
Jesse is an Eagle Scout and has received the Silver 
Beaver Award which is the highest honor bestowed 
on an adult leader. They are also active in their 
church and community serving in many leadership 
positions. They have been members of the American 
Legion and Auxiliary for over forty-four years and 



Jesse has served as Legion Commander. They like 
hunting, fishing, boating, and working in their 
woodshop. They enjoy gardening and their yards are 
always well kept and the flowers are beautiful. They 
enjoy living in beautiful Lemhi Valley. It is a 
wonderful place to make a home and to raise a 
family. 

— Jesse and Laura Allen 



Neal Allen 

William Cornelius (Neal) Allen was born July 14, 
1896 in losca County, Michigan, the son of Thomas 
and Martha Allen. He spent his early childhood there 
and attended school in Michigan. He enlisted in the 
service during World War I and served overseas. 
After his discharge he lived in Michigan, Alaska and 
Canada. He enlisted in the Army during World War II 
and served in the South Pacific. 

He came to Lemhi County in the 1940's and 
prospected in the Moose Creek area. Neal had a 
large number of claims along Moose Creek. He had 
his "upper" summer home near Allen Creek and his 
small, winter cabin on lower Moose Creek. 

Neal was a cantankerous fellow to strangers, but a 
good friend to those he knew. For several years 
there were complaints during hunting season that 
Neal had salted the Moose Creek Road with tacks. 

He also had a cabin on the Salmon River near 
Horse Creek. Neal hated the Forest Service and had 
a bitter dispute over this cabin which was eventually 
burned by the Forest Service. Some say that once, 
Neal had a fight with a fellow along the river that 
resulted in Neal tying the other man up, and then 
turning him loose in a raft on the river. No one 
seems to know what then happened to the victim. 

Neal was a physically strong fellow who loved to 
hunt and trap. Some called him " Cougar Allen" 
because of the large number of mountain lions he 
killed. One winter the paper reported he took 
something like seventeen lions during that winter. 

Neal was married in his older years to a much 
younger lady. Problems arose and Neal decided the 
way to keep her from leaving the Moose Creek cabin 
was to take her shoes away, which he did. However, 
the young wife was determined and walked 
barefooted all the way out of Moose Creek, down 
the Stormy Peak Road to U.S. Highway 93 where 
she got a ride to town. She went directly to Fred 
Snook Sr.'s law office and filed for divorce. Fred Sr. 
was Neal's attorney and also Neal's mining partner 
on many of the Moose Creek claims, but he felt it 
was in both Neal's and the young lady's best interest 
that the divorce be completed, so he filed and 
obtained the divorce. Neal thanked Fred Sr. many 
times afterwards for undoing his mistake. 



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Neal was a social contradiction, he would be a 
mountain hermit living all by himself for many 
months, and then he would come to Salmon and 
spend some time socializing in the numerous bars 
and cafes. For many years he had no transportation 
and so he would often walk to town, when he came 
out of the mountains. Then he would purchase his 
supplies and make arrangements with someone to 
truck him back into Moose Creek. This was on the 
old Stormy Peak road before it was improved. A trip 
to Moose Creek then, was a several hour journey. 

Neal died June 26, 1970 at his cabin on Moose 
Creek, under suspicious circumstances. He and a 
Don Dale were staying in the upper cabin. Dale 
reported to the Sheriff's office that Neal went to bed 
and when Neal didn't get up the next morning. Dale 
looked in his bedroom and found him dead of a 
gunshot wound to the head. Dale then walked to 
Leesburg and was brought to Salmon to notify 
authorities. Dale had an unfavorable background and 
left the area soon afterwards. On the other side of 
the coin, Neal had just returned from the Veterans' 
Hospital in Boise and was in failing health, so 
perhaps he simply wanted to return once more, to 
end his life at his beloved Moose Creek. 

— Fred Snook 



Stanley Joseph and Ila Cox Allen 

Stanley Joseph Allen was born to Thomas P. and 
Agnes Allen on April 8, 1914, in Rexburg, Idaho. Stan 
started school at Cedar Point Elementary which was 
just a block from his home. School wasn't his idea of 
a good time, especially in the spring and fall when 
there were other things he'd rather be doing. 

His older brother, Floyd, had a horse and taught 
Stan how to ride. Later, he was given a little black 
colt. Stan couldn't wait for it to grow up so he 
traded it for one he could ride. There was no job too 
big or too hard to do if he could ride his horse. 

The family moved to Rexburg in 1923. Stan 
finished his grade school and freshman year there. 
Even though they lived in town, Stan had his horse. 
He liked basketball and football but was too small to 
play on the team. As a young man he liked to raise 
flowers and gardens. He still thinks corn is the best 
vegetable to raise and to eat. 

Stan's family always went to church. He held 
offices in the church and was Boy Scout Leader for 
several years. No matter what he was doing, he 
always had time to help someone else. 

Stan graduated from high school in Shelley, Idaho, 
on May 10, 1933. This was the day he met his first 
wife, Ila Cox. He took her home from the graduation 
dance. They dated often and said that the horse 
knew the way from Shelley to the Cox Ranch. Stan 



and Ila were married September 14, 1936. They 
moved to Salmon so Stan could help his dad in the 
meat market. Their first child, Bette, was born in her 
grandparent's house on October 27, 1938. 

Their second child, Thomas, was born in Shelley 
on October 27, 1942. Lillian was born February 12, 
1949, also at Shelley. About this time, Ila began to 
have problems. No doctor was able to do anything 
for her so Stan took her to Salt Lake City. The 
doctors there found the trouble. At this time she 
was also expecting their fourth child. The doctors 
wanted to take the baby but she wouldn't let them. 

Stan came home, sold his cattle and left the 
children with his sisters and took Ila to Seattle to a 
clinic. They were there three months so Stan could 
learn how to take care of her. When they came 
home they gathered up their children and started a 
whole new way of life. The fourth baby was born 
May 27, 1950. She and the baby did fine and he was 
named William Cox Allen. 

They came back to Salmon and Stan worked on a 
ranch and helped his dad with the meat market. The 
ranch work and the butchering became too much, 
so he sold the ranch and moved to town and went 
to work at the Salmon Meat Packing Company. He 
worked there until it closed. 

Ila lived as an invalid for twenty-five years. Her last 
four years were spent in a nursing home in the 
L.D.S. Hospital. Two weeks after she passed away, 
her son Tom's little girl was drowned in a ditch in 
Provo, Utah. They brought her back to Salmon and 
she was buried close to her grandmother. 

— Stanley Allen 
Thomas Park and Agnes Jensen Allen 

Thomas Park Allen was born in Provo, Utah on 
December 18. 1879 to Thomas William Frederick 
Allen and Martha Ellen Allen. Agnes Sophia Jensen 
Allen was born in Oak City, Utah on October 7, 1881 
to Christian Hansen and Mary Anderson Jensen. 

Thomas and Agnes grew up and attended school in 
Provo, Utah. Agnes completed high school and 
attended Brigham Young Academy for two years and 
received her teacher's certificate. Tom went to 
school only until he was fourteen years old. He then 
had to quit to work, but through self study he 
became an educated man. 

On December 18, 1901, they were married in the 
Salt Lake Temple. They lived in Provo a few years 
and had two children, LaVon and Floyd. They then 
moved to Lovell, Wyoming where two more children 
were born, Shirley and Arvilia. Shirley, a son, died 
when he was just a small child. In 1910, they moved 
to Idaho and settled in the Rexburg and Shelley 
areas where the rest of their children were born, 
Afton, Stanley, Jesse, Lois, Eva, Paul, and Grace. 



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In May of 1935, they moved to Salmon, Idaho 
where Tom had a butcher shop in Pelton's store, 
located where B and B Market now stands. Following 
the sale of Pelton's store, Tom leased Salmon Cold 
Storage from Sam Wright and did custom meat 
cutting and butchering. He, also, had frozen food 
lockers for rent. 

In 1948, he built his own meat processing plant 
and. with his sons, ran this business for over twenty 
years. While Tom was cutting meat, many of his 
friends would come and visit. Some of them were 
George Oliver, Big Mac Huls, Dick Rape. Tom 
Benedict and many others. Tom kept an old green 
rocking chair for them to sit on so they could be 
comfortable. 

Tom held many civic and church positions. He was 
the first scout commissioner in the Salmon District 
from 1935 through 1039. He served on the school 
board from 1940 through 1946, and on the first 
hospital board in 1950. He received a statuette of 
scouting as an award for his many years service in 
scouting. Tom served many leadership positions in 
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. He 
was Bishop of the Salmon Ward from 1938 through 
1943. He was Patriarch of the Lost River Stake and 
then the Salmon River Stake from January until the 
time of this death at the age of eighty-nine on May 
10. 1964. 

Agnes was also active in community affairs. She 
worked with the Girl Scouts, in the Red Cross during 
the war, was a member of War Mother's, worked in 
P.T.A. and was on the election board for many 
years. May 19, 1964, she was chosen as Lemhi 
County 'Mother of the Year'. 

Agnes gave birth to eleven children, all in her own 
home, and not until the time of her death, August 
16, 1970, at the age of eighty-nine, was she ever 
admitted to a hospital. 



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Agnes and Tom Allen 



They loved animals and always kept a calf, a milk 
cow or two, pigs, chickens and some times a horse. 
They loved to garden and their home and yards 
were always meat and clean, and their vegetable and 
flower gardens were a beautiful show place. Agnes 
always was a marvelous homemaker, cook, and 
seamstress. 

Tom and Agnes had deep love and respect for 
each other, their parents, children and their fellow 
men. In each place they lived they were also loved 
and respected by all who knew them. They were 
always willing to "carry their load". 

— History Committee 



Bernard and Helen Young Allhands 

Bernard Allhands was born October 7, 1886, in 
Watseka, Illinois near the family farm. He completed 
his formal education at Northwestern University in 
Chicago and began his banking experience as an 
employee of Oakland National Bank in Chicago. 

He ventured to Spokane, Washington accepting 
employment with the Old National Bank of Spokane 
in 1909. He met and married Helen Young and two 
children were born in this union, Virginia, at Spokane 
and Kenneth at Yakima. 

His first employment in Idaho in 1912 began as 
cashier of the Gilmore State Bank, Gilmore, Lemhi 
County, Idaho. He also established a dairy, delivering 
milk and water to the residents. The water was 
hauled by tank wagon from the mines nearby. In 
1916, the bank was transferred to Leadore and the 
name changed to Lemhi Valley Bank. He served as 
president of this institution for a number of years 
and later entered the ranch and sheep business. 

The sheep were wintered and lambed at the 
Leadore ranch sometimes trailing the band to 
Gibbonsville area for summer range. Later they were 
driven to Gilmore until the range dried up then 
pushed on to the Grizzley range for the summer. 

The family resided at the Leadore Tl Ranch until 
1941 when Bernard traded the ranch for 
commercial property in Greeley, Colorado. Virginia 
had married Archie Young who distributed Raleigh 
products to homes in Lemhi County. They had two 
boys, Loren and Ronnie and settled in Caldwell, 
Idaho until her death in 1988. Kenneth married Eva 
Lee of Pocatello. They had one child. Glenda, who 
was born January 8, 1940. They moved to Denver 
where Kevin was born, March 8, 1958. Kenneth 
entered the military in 1944 and served with the 
First Infantry Division MP Company, in Europe. 
Glenda, her husband and son Stephen, residing in 
Denver. Kevin, his wife Lynn and daughter Andrea, 
reside in Phoenix, Arizona. 



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Bernard died on October 4, 1949, and Helen died 
in Montpelier, Idaino and is interred there. Kenneth 
and Eva retired in Alpine, Wyoming, November 1986. 



— Kenneth Allhands 



Frank Allison 



My great uncle, Frank S. Allison, a pioneer miner, 
one of the first dude ranchers in this country and a 
resident of Lemhi County for thirty-eight years, died 
June 20, 1949 near the old Leacock Ranch on 
Panther Creek. Frank Allison was born in Sheridan, 
Iowa, in 1874, and lived there until the age of 
fourteen. From there, he went to Texas to work on a 
cattle ranch. 

For the next several years, he did ranch work and 
mined, joining the gold rush to Alaska in 1896. After 
a year in the Klondike, he returned to the states 
going to Thunder Mountain where he operated a 
placer mine for three years. 

In 1907, he took up homesteading at Myers Cove, 
which he called the Rams Horn Ranch. Shortly 
afterwards he discovered a mine on Silver Creek, 
known as the Allison Mine, which he operated till the 
time of this death. He was among the first to have a 
completely modern home in this section of the 
country From the Rams Horn Ranch, he operated 
one of the first dude ranches, and pioneered the 
dude ranch business. 

Many celebrities from all over the United States 
were among his clients, including Zane Grey, who 
stayed at the ranch when gathering material for his 
book Thunder Mountain. Averil Harriman, who 
started Sun Valley Resort with Union Pacific 
Railroad, was one of his most repeated clients. He 
continued to operate the dude ranch for twenty 
years, selling it in 1939. He made his home at his 
mine until his death. 

— Helen May dole 
Lester and Wanda Hancock AUred 

Lester Hancock was raised in Cache Valley, near 
Logan, Utah. He went to work for the railroad in 
about 1907. He met Emerson Hill in Red Rock, 
Montana, and Emerson persuaded him to go to 
Salmon, Idaho, to work at the Queen of the Hills 
Mine. He later went to work for Peter Mckinney. 

Otto met Frances Brueteguam in 1917, at the 
Mckinney ranch. Wanda Lucille Hancock was born to 
them March 14, 1918. The Hancocks moved to 
Leadore in late 1918, and Otto was employed by 
Thomas and Emma Yearian, up and down the Lemhi 
Valley, until 1925. Another daughter, Deon, had 
joined the family by then. 



At that time. Otto went to work for Pete Vreeland 
on the Hawley Creek Ranch and Frances drove four 
miles night and morning in the old Ford to take her 
girls to school at Leadore. 

In 1932, Otto bought the Forbes Ranch on Hawley 
Creek and the little family moved once more. They 
have many happy memories of those years. 

Milford Allred was born in Spring City, Utah, 
September 11, 1889, the last of eleven children born 
to Sarah and David Allred. He came to Leadore as a 
young man and liked it so well there that he stayed. 

Olive Reddington was born November 16, 1898, 
one of seven children born to John and Cora Shelley 
Reddington. She and Milford met at Leadore and 
were married in Salmon on December 15, 1914. Two 
children, Lester and Hazel, completed their family. 

Milford was a 'master of all trades', working, as 
many men did during those hard times, at many 
kinds of jobs. These included ranch work, timbering, 
and State of Idaho road maintenance work. Milford 
died in June of 1968, and Olive passed away in 
October of 1979, both at Salmon, Idaho. 

Lester Allred graduated from Leadore High School 
the spring of 1935, and Wanda Hancock graduated 
from Leadore in 1936. They were married on August 
8, 1936. Lester and Wanda lived in Salmon until 
1957. During this time, Lester worked for Sturmer 




FRONT ROW: Wanda and Lester Allred celebrating their Golden 
Wedding Anniversary BACK ROW: Suzie, Sharon and Jim, 



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Truck Line, Chevrolet Garage, Pioneer Garage, and 
for a short while, the Recorder-Herald. 
Wanda was employed at Stevens' Drug for many 
years. The Allreds are the parents of two children, 
Sharon and Jim. 

This young family moved to Idaho Falls in 1957, 
where Lester worked for J. Keller and Wanda was 
employed by the Clinical Laboratory and Medical 
Mart. Sharon is married and lives in Boise, Idaho. 
She is the mother of six children. Jim attended 
college in Pocatello and is now is an architect 
in Denver, Colorado. In 1968, he was chosen "Small 
Business person of the Year' for the State of 
Colorado. Jim and his wife have four children. 

Lester and Wanda celebrated their fiftieth wedding 
anniversary on August 8, 1986. Most of the family 
and many friends joined them in the celebration. 
They now have ten grandchildren and six great- 
grandchildren. 

— Wanda Hancock Allred 



Fidele and Barbara Amar 



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Front: Pete, Keith, Barbara, Ken, Fidele, Steve, and Tom Amar 
standing 



In 1957, after a trip to Yellowstone Park, the 
Amars, Fidele, Barbara, and children, Steve, Ken, 
Keith and Tom drove through Salmon, Idaho on their 
way home and fell in love with the town. In March 
1958, they moved from La Puente, California to 
Williams Lake and Lake Creek Ranch. Steve was in 
the second grade and Ken and Keith were in the 
first grade. They had to walk across a swinging foot 
bridge and wait at the road for the bus. 

In those days, there was a very rough back road 
to get to the ranch and then up to Williams Lake. 
Most people parked across the river and crossed the 
foot bridge. They were met at the house and taken 
to the lake. 

That first winter we bought Lost Trail Ski Area up 
on the Idaho/Montana border. It was much different 
from today. There was no power or water. The tow 
was a rope-tow powered by Flathead Ford V-8 
engines and the pulleys were Model A wire spoke 
wheels. Ken, Keith and Steve learned to ski on 
wooden skis that had been left at the lodge. Tom 
learned a little later but had trouble with the rope 
tow. He had to wait until someone would pull the 
rope down so he could reach it. The slopes were 
groomed by side stepping up the hill. 

In 1961, Pete was born and we left the Lake and 
the ski tow to raise potatoes on Briney Creek south 
of Salmon. The next few years potatoes were raised 
up and down the Salmon River. The cellar is still 
located at Elk Bend. In 1963, we bought a ranch at 
Ellis and all the boys worked with us on the World's 
Largest Foundation Russet Burbank Seed Potato 
Farm. 



In 1965, a second ranch was bought in Challis 
making a total of twelve hundred acres of 
Foundation Seed Potatoes. We used Lucky 7 for our 
branded sacks. There were a lot of test plots put in 
for the University of Idaho. In 1969 and 1970, after 
graduating from Salmon High School Steve, Keith 
and Ken attended Idaho State University. The boys 
switched to the University of Idaho to graduate. 

In the summers they returned to help us raise 
potatoes. One of the things we all enjoyed for 
recreation was to pile the whole family in our Land 
Rover along with lots of food and go hunting, fishing 
or just exploring. Then the ranch was home to all 
the family. Steve married Judy Allen. Keith married 
Sheryl Brog and Ken married Sally Gott. Tom 
followed his brothers to the University of Idaho. Pete 
spent his Junior year in High School in Norway as 
Rotary Exchange Student. He also attended the U of 
I at Moscow. 

When Fidele passed away, the ranch dissolved and 
the family has gone various ways. Barbara continues 
to live in Salmon. Steve, Judy, Kevin, Jermey, and 
Andrea live in Meridian, Idaho where Steve is with 
New York Life. Ken, Sally, Mica and Nick live in 
Idaho Falls. Ken works as Fire Protection Engineer at 
the I.N.E.L. Keith, Sheryl, Kymberly, and Paul live in 
Salmon where they own and operate A.R.A.S. 
Heating and Cooling. Tom, Gretchen and Alex live in 
Challis. Tom works for Cypress Mines. Pete lives in 
San Diego, California and works for Home Depot. 

— Barbara Amar 



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Keith and Sheryl Brog Amar 

High school sweethearts, Keith and Sheryl Lyn 
Brog married on March 21, 1974. Keith's parents 
were Fidele F. and Barbara Jean Sproul Amar, his 
brothers were Steve, Ken, Tom and Pete. Sheryl's 
parents were Paul A. and Jean Marie Poe Brog. Her 
sisters were Kathy Eggers and Paula Brog. Keith 
graduated from college in 1974 and landed a job 
with Western Fare Service in Twin Falls. Sheryl 
continued her education until she graduated in 1976. 

In January 1976, Sheryl was hired to start the 
Special Education Program in Salmon at the high 
school. In March 1976, Keith returned to Salmon to 
help with the family farm. He took over the 
responsibility for the fertilizer program and helped 
with the installation of wheel lines for sprinkling 
purposes on the farm in Ellis. 

Keith and Sheryl became the proud parents of a 
baby girl, Kymberly Jean in March 1978. She was 
the first girl on the Amar side and the first 
grandchild on the Brog side. She was named after 
her grandmothers and her aunt. 

They left the ranch that year. Keith worked that 
summer logging and ended the year helping with the 
paving of Salmon's Main Street. One day, a 
neighbor, Carol Barnett, asked Keith to take on his 
over flow of appliance work. This worked out so well 
that they started their own business working out of 
the home. They expanded the business to include 
refrigeration, commercial work, factory authorized 
service and heat pumps. 

In 1980, Paul Ryan was born. Paul was named 
after Grandpa Brog, great grandfathers on both 
sides, and his uncle. With this new addition, Sheryl 
quit teaching. 

Now the business had grown to the point that it 
became necessary to move it out of the home. In 
1986 the Amar's purchased the building next to the 
forest service on Highway 93 North. The business 
was not the only thing changing. 

Kymberly has been in two ballets. The Nutcracker 
and The Wizard of Oz, she has taken gymnastics, 
piano lessons, and dance. She's played on the 
Salmon Valley Cheese Softball Team and the 
volleyball team. She is Junior Princess in Job's 
Daughters. Even with this busy schedule, she has 
been able to maintain an A- Average in school. 

Paul has played baseball, football, basketball, and 
wrestling. In Gymnastics, he placed second in the 
state meet. He was elected as Cub Scout of the 
Year for Teton Peaks Council. He completed all the 
activity badges for Cub Scouts and received the 
Arrow of Light. 

Keith and Sheryl seem to find time to be involved 
with many community organizations. Sheryl is 
involved with Beta Sigma Phi, PTO, Softball 
Association, taking college credits, serving on the 



Salmon River Industrial Board, Chairman and 
Secretary for the Elks Pack 620, and Membership 
Chairman for the Idaho State Snowmobile 
Association and Secretary for the Local Snowmobile 
Club. Keith has coached Kym's softball team and co- 
coached Paul's football team. He is President of the 
local snowmobile club and Chairman for troop 620. 
He is also a member and has held offices in the Elks, 
the Masons, and the Rotary Club. He has been Cub 
Master for Pack 620, and Chairman for Planning and 
Zoning. 

Living in Salmon, one needs to take full advantage 
of all the wonderful activities there are to do in this 
great area of ours. By mid-December, the Amars can 
be found on the weekend enjoying themselves 
snowmobiling or down hill skiing. As summer 
approaches, the snowmobiles and skis are put away 
and the motorcycles, 4-wheelers and ski boat 
complete with skis come out. With property at 
Williams Lake, you can fish, hike, ride bikes, ski and 
swim. Summer usually ends with a trip to Red Fish 
Lake. Fall always means a special hunting trip with 
all the Amar brothers. 

Keith, Sheryl, Kymberly and Paul hope you can all 
find the time to enjoy this area as much as they 
have. 

— Sheryl Brog Amar 

Peter and Christina Peterson Amonson 

Peter Amonson, (1839-1921) and Christina 
Peterson, (1849-1927) were both from Norway and 
were married in Chicago, Illinois, in March 1873. 
Peter first arrived in the Lemhi County area in 1867. 
He was a cobbler and set up shop in Salmon. During 
the gold mining activity in Leesburg, Peter had a 
ferry to take the miners across the Salmon River. 
Later, he freighted supplies and sold flour, beans, 
and bacon from his wagon. 

In 1890, Peter and Christina moved to a ranch 
between Lemhi and Leadore, and with Mike Spahn, 
also bought the DC Ranch on the south side of the 
Lemhi River. They had busy ranches and the young 
men enjoyed Christina's cooking. After Peter's 
death, Christina moved back to Salmon. She had an 
Aladdin precut house built on Main Street, with the 
carpentry done by Mr. Bundy. The house is owned 
today by her grandson, Peter L. Amonson, of 
Portland, Oregon. 

Peter and Christina Amonson had five children: 
Clara, Albert, Oscar, Anker, and Esther. Clara 
Amonson, (1874-1954), married Arthur Diggles, a 
mining engineer, who was a classmate of Herbert 
Hoover at Stanford University. Diggles and Hoover 
were partners and had mining ventures in Australia 
and China. Clara accompanied her husband, and 



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returned to Salmon after his death. She taught 
school for many years in Idaho and Montana. Their 
daughter. Esther, died as a young woman. 

Albert Amonson, (1875-1948) was married to Ida 
Stobie, (1895-1974), and they had two children, 
Wangleston and Jerrold. Albert had the Amonson- 
Pyeatt Men's Clothing Store in Salmon, with his 
brother-in-law. Bill Pyeatt, and also had mining 
interests. 

Esther Amonson, (1882-1948), was married to Bill 
Pyeatt. (1872-1958), and they ran the drugstore in 
Salmon for many years in addition to the clothing 
store. They had no children. 

Anker Amonson, (1880-1929), married Emma 
Webber, (1883-1976). Emma was a Seventh Day 
Adventist and came to Salmon where her sister, 
Bessie Randolph lived. Emma went to work at the 
Lemhi Indian Agency, managing the laundry and 
teaching music. Anker and Emma ranched on the 
Lemhi River, and he also worked a mine with Bill 
Pierce on McDevitt Creek. Emma and her sons, 
Edgar and Karl, later moved to Gladstone, Oregon, 
where Edgar still lives. 

Oscar Amonson, (1878-1942), married Jane 
Leach, (1883-1974), of Parkersburg, West Virginia, 
on January 11, 1908. Jane had come to Salmon by 
stagecoach to visit her cousins, the McNabs, who 
had several daughters. Men's hair styles were long in 
those days and when Oscar asked Jane for a date, 
she said she would go to the party if he got a 
haircut. After visits across the country, they were 
married in New York City, with Jan's mother, 
Minerva Cooper Leach, and her brother, John 
Leach, in attendance. Oscar and Jane returned to 
Idaho to live at the DC Ranch. Later, they 
homesteaded adjacent land and built a log house 
where they raised two sons, John and Peter. Oscar 
was a warm, friendly person and always felt more 
comfortable with horses than with automobiles. He 
once pulled back on the wheel and shouted, 'Whoa,' 
when he wanted to stop the car. 

Oscar and Jan's son, John C, Amonson, (1908- 
1988), known all his life as Sammy, married Marian 
Benedict in December, 1939. They have four 
children: Ann, John, Robert, and Russell. Sammy 
and Marian carried on at the ranch after Oscar's 
death. They added on to the original log house, 
remodeled the bunk house into a cookhouse and 
modernized the haying operations. Jane continued 
to live on the ranch until her death in 1974. Sammy 
and Marian retired in 1984 and their son John and 
his family are now managing the ranch. 

Oscar and Jane's son, Peter L. Amonson, born in 
1917, married Jean Simonson, born in 1920, in June 
1941. Jean had come to Salmon with her aunt and 
uncle, Elsie and Floyd Godden. Floyd was a 
Supervisor with the US Forest Service. Before their 
marriage, Jean taught at the one room school at 



Lemhi, while Peter studied engineering at General 
Motors Tech. They moved to Portland, Oregon, 
during the war and worked at Kaiser Ship Yard 
where Peter taught welding and Jean taught nursery 
school. After the war, Peter was a mechanical 
engineer at Willamette Iron and Steel Company, 
Radar Pneumatics, and ESCO. He worked on 
Columbia River dam projects, nuclear and missile 
projects, and saw mill and paper mill installations. 
Peter and Jean have three sons: Eric, David, and 
Christopher, and live in the house that Peter built in 
1949. Although Peter and Jean have lived away from 
Lemhi for almost fifty years, they still subscribe to 
the Recorder-Herald and like to keep up on the local 
news. 

— Peter L. Amonson 

Esmond and Nona Kaser Anders 

I was born October 14, 1911, to Grace McDonald 
Anders and William H. Anders at Livingston, 
Montana. I was named Esmond Wesley, probably 
objected to the name at that time. One sister, two 
years older than I, and one brother, two years 
younger, made up all the family. 

We lived near a little town called Emigrant. 
Emigrant is approximately half way between 
Livingston and Gardner, Montana, which is 
Montana's west entrance to Yellowstone National 
Park. 

One of my earliest recollections was my dad taking 
his teams to the Park and driving coach throughout 
the tourist season. Cars were not allowed in 
Yellowstone at this time. 

In 1917, we came to Lemhi County. I have been a 
resident of Lemhi County ever since. I started 
working for the Forest Service in 1930. I was lookout 
and smoke chaser for three years. In 1934, I started 
working for John Mckinney, a cattle and horse 
buyer. We handled horses by the hundreds through 
the 1930's. I liked working with cattle and horses 
better than any other work. I was most happy when 
breaking horses either saddle or draft. 

Quite often there would be a funny incident 
happen when working with stock or at least a laugh 
on someone. In this case, a laugh on me. We went 
out one evening to get some cattle in, to load a 
truck. My horse was close (just breaking). John said 
he would get his horse. I just happened to mention it 
wouldn't be necessary, as his horse would be just in 
the way of my cow horse. The cattle were close, so I 
went out bare-back. The horse decided bare-back 
wasn't the way to corral cattle. It would have been 
all right, excepting, one of the fellows saw the fracas 
and the grass stains on my back. I got back on the 
horse and made a different arrangement and finally 



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corralled the cattle bare-back luckily, right before 
John got out with his horse. It was a considerable 
time before the last was heard about the good cow 
horse. 

I was married in Missoula, Montana, to Nona Marie 
Kaser. We raised three boys. Bob and Bill and their 
families live in Salmon. Jack and his family live in 
Hamilton, Montana. We lost Nona in 1978. 

We farmed a few years for ourselves. In 1950, I 
started working for Sam McKinney. I was with Sam 
for thirty-two years. In 1982, I left the ranch and 
was caretaker of the Lemhi County Fair Grounds for 
eight years. April of 1990, I left the Fair Grounds and 
moved to Salmon. I now reside there. 

— Esmond W. Anders 



Dare and Emmeline Joyce Park Anderson 

Dare Robert Anderson was born April 14, 1920, at 
Leadore, Idaho to John Robert Anderson and Emma 
Kathryn Petersen. Emmeline Joyce Park was born 
August 16, 1925, to George Albert Park and Kitty 
Lou Hardwick. She came to Lemhi County in 1938 
with her parents when her father took the job of 
irrigating for Mrs. Yearian on Peterson Creek. 

Dare worked on ranches in the Leadore area and 
with his father at the Silver Noon Mine in Gilmore in 
his early years. In February 1942, he was inducted 
into the Army Air Force where he served until 
September 25, 1945. He married Emmeline Joyce 
Park on August 22, 1945 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
After his discharge, they moved back to Leadore 
where they made their home. 

In 1946, they leased their home ranch from Dare's 
uncles. Bill and Albert Petersen. When Bill died, he 
left his share to Dare. They later purchased Albert's 
share. During this time, they purchased the Dana 
Walton ranch, the Alvin Gjettrup homestead, and ten 
acres of the Matt Damshak homestead in Big Eight 
Mile Canyon, while proving up on a hundred sixty 
acres of land adjacent to the home ranch by desert 
entry. 

Dare and Joyce have four children: Russell D. was 
born December 21, 1946 in Idaho falls; Mary Ellen 
was born October 7, 1950 in Salmon Idaho; Albert D. 
was born December 27, 1952 in Salmon, Idaho; 
Kathern Lou was born October 24, 1954 in Salmon, 
Idaho. 

The three oldest children have chosen careers 
away from Lemhi County. Kathy chose to remain in 
the Leadore area. She became a high school 
mathematics teacher. Her first year she taught in 
Salmon, but has since taught in the Leadore School. 
On May 28, 1977, she married Ralph L. McRea, a 
Leadore resident. They live on the Dana Walton 
Ranch and help with the ranch. They have two 



children; Elizabeth Ellen, born June 11, 1980 and 
George Terrance, born June 23, 1983. Both were 
born in Salmon, Idaho. 

— Joyce Anderson 

George and Mary Wallace Anderson 

The man known for most of his life as George 
David Anderson was born Gregoria DeKelb in Latvia 
in 1833. After a career as a sailor, he came to the 
United States in 1856. Becoming afflicted with gold 
fever, in 1861, he took off for the West; Colorado, 
Arizona, Mexico, then Montana in time for the 
stampede to Alder Gulch. By 1866, George had 
found his way to Leesburg, staking claims on Arnett 
Creek. 

That winter he and the Hull brothers built the first 
bridge over the river in Salmon City where the 
bridge today is located. In 1868, they sold the 
bridge, going to the White Pine country of Nevada. 
George and John Hull built and operated a toll road 
there. 

Returning to Idaho, the partners again went to 
work on their claims on Arnett Creek. They also built 
an arrastra to crush the gold-bearing ore found 
there. 

That winter George returned to Chicago where he 
and Mary Elizabeth Wallace, at seventeen, less than 
half his age, were married. Their home for the next 
five years was the cabin he had built beside the 
creek. Their sons, Percy, and George, later known as 
Gregor, were born there. They were followed in 
1876 by Ida, the first of their five daughters. 

The following summer, George, along with Ira 
Tingley, set out on a prospecting trip on the North 
fork of the Salmon River. While they were gone, 
word spread that the fleeing Nez Perce were headed 
into the Salmon River country. 

Kind neighbors moved Mary and her small children 
to safety. The kids traveled by pack horse, George 
and baby Ida in one alforja, with Percy and the 
family dog on the other side. The family never 
returned to live on the creek. 

The night of August 9, 1877, George and Ira were 
camped on what would be Gibbonsville, unaware of 
the Battle of the Big Hole taking place just across 
the mountain. The next day, George filed on the 
district's first quartz claims, which lay above a 
sparkling little creek flowing into Dahlonega, now 
known as Anderson Creek. Several of those claims 
were later sold to the ADM Company which built the 
big mill that dominated the town for so many years. 

As word of the find spread, a sprawling town (with 
thirteen saloons!) now named Gibbonsville, sprang 
up. George Anderson was elected the first Mayor. In 
1878, the Andersons' next daughter, Grace, was 



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This photo was labeled the 'Seven Devils'. FRONT ROW: Aura Anderson, Sadie Reese, Emma Skinner. BACK ROW: Grace Anderson, Edna 
White, Ida Anderson, Martha Taylor. August 22, 1899. 

GIA photo 



born. She was Gibbonsville's first white child. Aura 
followed in 1880, Myra in 1882, and lastly, Edna, in 
1884. Like so many parents of that time, the 
Andersons lost three other children at birth or in 
infancy. 

The boys became prospectors and miners like 
their father, also working at whatever jobs came to 
hand. Percy became a highly skilled raftsman on the 
Salmon River, recognized for his knowledge of the 
flora and fauna of the area. Gregor often worked as 
a packer, serving as such in the Spanish-American 
War. Both were active in the Democratic Party. 
Gregor at one time ran for the office of County 
Assessor. At the time of his death he was operating 
a mine at Shoup. 

The girls, with the exception of Myra, taught in 
various schools in the valley, working their way 
through college. Myra and Wilford Hopkins of the Big 
hole were married shortly after she finished high 
school. i.-. 



In the late eighties, George was injured in a cave- 
in, and henceforth walked with a cane. Nevertheless, 
he continued his mining activities, including 
operation of a double-bed arrastra. An 1894 article 
stated that three of his properties "had yielded 
more than $40,000 in sixteen years, by the primitive 
methods then in use". 

George died in 1899, just short of his sixty-sixth 
birthday. Mary continued to live in Gibbonsville until 
moving to Boise where Aura was then working. Later 
she moved to the Wilford Hopkins home in Seattle 
where she died in 1927 at the age of seventy-four. 
She is buried next to her husband in the Gibbonsville 
Cemetery,, where Percy and Gregor also lie in peace. 

No member of the George David Anderson family 
now lives in the Salmon River Valley. Percy never 
married, and Gregor's marriage (to Margaret, widow 
of Joe Bauer) came late in life. All the girls following 
marriage, lived the rest of their lives elsewhere. 

— Rose Works Anderson 



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Henry Gourley and Elizabeth Anderson 

Henry Gourley Anderson was born in Wanship, 
Utah, the ninth child in a family of thirteen. In 
January, 1910, accompanied by a seventeen year 
old nephew. Will Evans, he traveled to Lemhi County 
in a horse drawn bobsled, in search of land on which 
to establish a new home for his young family. He 
purchased one hundred sixty acres of Indian 
Reservation land at Sunfield, later renamed Tendoy; 
which adjoined property owned by a brother-in-law; 
Will's father. Henry managed the Evans land along 
with his own, running the two properties as one. 

His wife, Elizabeth, and two small children, 
Kenneth and Margaret, joined him, after he was 
settled on the ranch. They arrived by stagecoach, 
traveling over Agency Creek Pass from Red Rock, 
Montana (which was changed after time to 
Armstead). The Andersons were later blessed with 
another daughter, Mary. 

Mr. Anderson had been a sheep man for most of 
his life, so, it was not unusual that he invested in a 
band of sheep in Lemhi County, running them on 
open range during the summer months. 

When Mrs. Anderson's sister Gwenfred (Mame) 
Jenkins lost her husband in a tragic accident; leaving 
her with two small boys to raise, the Anderson's 
suggested she and her children join them on the 
ranch. She gratefully accepted their offer, and as the 
three Anderson children and two Jenkins boys, Tom 
and Dave, grew, she helped with the many duties 
required to maintain a busy ranch and two growing 
families. The five children received their education at 
the Tendoy School and the Salmon High School. 

In 1924, Kenneth married Hilda Williams and they 
built a small home on the Anderson Ranch. They 
have one daughter. Aloha Jean. Kenneth worked 
with his father for several years, until he and Hilda 
purchased property of their own; the homestead of 
Miss Mattie E. Head. They raised cattle, ranging 
thern on Forest land in the summer and pasturing 
them on the ranch in the winter months. He also 
had a small band of sheep. In 1968, they sold the 
ranch and retired to Salmon. 

Margaret and John Rand were married in 1936. 
They made their home in Salmon. Margaret was 
appointed Deputy County Treasurer and Tax 
Collector, in 1934, and in 1941, was elected County 
Treasurer, a position she held for two terms. 

Mary married Floyd Pitzer in 1934. Floyd was 
employed by the Steve Mahaffey Ranch until June, 
1948, when the Andersons decided to sell their 
property and retire to Salmon. Mary and Floyd then 
purchased the home ranch and the Evans property. 
They retired to a small acreage near Salmon in 
1970. 

Kenneth's daughter married William Perry in 1946. 
They are parents of four children; one daughter Billie 



Jean, and three sons, Bob, John, and Jim. All are 
married and have families, adding five grandchildren 
and four stepgrandchildren to the family tree. 

In an afternoon's conversation with his grandson 
Bob, Kenneth commented that he "had lived at a 
very special time," for he doubted that many men 
have had the privilege of witnessing the changes in 
their lifetime that he himself had. He came into 
Lemhi County on a horse-drawn stagecoach, knew 
the man personally who owned the first automobile 
and the first airplane, in the county. He had seen a 
railroad come and go and with the aid of television, 
had watched a man land and walk on the moon and 
had participated in the growth of three new 
generations. "That", he said, "is first-hand 
progress". 

— Aloha J. Perry 

John and Emma Petersen Anderson 

John Robert Anderson was born February 1890 to 
Otto Edward and Hilma Augusta Morrison Anderson, 
on the high seas as his parents were immigrating to 
the United States. They chose Duluth, Minnesota as 
his birthplace because that was their destination. 
The family later moved to Thornton, Idaho. 

Bob, as he was called by family and friends, came 
to Lemhi County in 1904, and settled in the town of 
Bannister with his cousins, the Carlsons. He worked 
in the mines in Gilmore. On November 6, 1919, he 
married Emma Kathryn Petersen at Dillon, Montana. 
Emma was born in Darby, Montana on April 11, 
1900. 

Bob and Emma had four children; Dare Robert, 
born April 14, 1920; Ruth Hilma, born October 26, 
1921; Russell Albert, born October 29, 1924, all born 
in Leadore, Idaho. Bobby Edward was born in 
Thornton, Idaho on February 14, 1927. 

Bob worked at ranching around Leadore and at 
Thornton until Emma died at Thornton, Idaho on 
February 18, 1929. Members of Emma's family took 
the children and raised them. On October 8, 1943, 
Bob married Nina Alberta Christine Petersen, 
Emma's sister, in Dillon, Montana. Nina died on 
October 8, 1963 in Salmon, Idaho. Bob died 
November 11, 1965 in the Idaho Veteran's Hospital 
at Boise, Idaho. 

Dare Robert married Joyce Park. They had four 
children; Russell D., Mary Ellen, Albert D., and 
Kathern Lue. Ruth Hilma married Linnis Smith June 
25, 1942. They had five children; Grady Robert, Dick 
L., Dorothy Kathryn, Dan Petersen, and Kelly Ernest. 
Russell Albert was unmarried when he entered the 
Marine Corps in 1943 and served until May 11, 
1945, when he died of wounds received in action on 
Okinawa. Bobby Edward married Doris Hill on 



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October 11, 1950. They had five children; Rocky 
Edward, Jeannie Lanette, Gary Leon, Ricky Clyde 
and Kyle John. Rocky died September 1. 1975 in 
Ohio. Bobby and Doris were later divorced. 

— Anderson family 



Leon Leroy Anderson 

Leon Leroy 'Andy' Anderson is a very outgoing 
man. He and his family moved into the Lemhi 
country in 1938. They established a packing outfit at 
the mouth of Warm Springs Creek at Meyers Cove. 
Starting with ten to twelve head of horses for a pack 
string, their first job was to pack supplies for a forest 
fire on Little Bear Creek. His brothers Joe and Cy 
packed their horses for the first time with bread, 
eggs, and other goods to head for the fire, the story 
they told was one to remember. 

Andy and Joe continued in the packing business 
and Joe soon went into the service in 1942. In the 
meantime, Andy purchased the old Max Oiler place 
on Silver Creek at the mouth of Ramshorn Creek at 
Meyers Cove in 1943. During that period, Andy met 
an old time river man, Dr. Frazier, and his party at 
the mouth of Loon Creek on the Middle Fork of the 
Salmon River. 




Joe Anderson, Melba Anderson, Leon LeRoy Anderson 



After his encounter with Dr. Frazier he then 
started to explore the boating business himself. He 
and his son, Ted, made a trip in the spring of 1945 
in search of the body of a miner who had attempted 
to ford the river on a horse at Survey Creek. Later 
that same year, he and his wife Melba made a trip. 
Melba was one of the first women to float the Middle 
Fork of the Salmon. 

Joe returned from the Service in 1946, to join 
Andy in the packing and boating business. They 
provided high mountain lake fishing, fall hunting, and 
river trips on the Middle Fork. They transported their 
equipment and guests by horse back from Meyers 
Cove down Camas Creek to the Tappan Ranch, a 
twenty-two mile horse back trip in all. Their guest list 
included such people as: Barry Goldwater and family. 
Twentieth Century Fox Movie Tone Short Subjects, 
Life Magazine, Saturday Evening Post, Jimmy Dean, 
Ted Trueblood and actor Ralph Bellamy. 

Joe left the business in 1951, and Andy continued 
until the late 1960's. At that time, Andy left Meyers 
Cove and moved to Challis. He carried on with the 
boating business from Challis by flying his guests and 
equipment into back country airstrips along the 
river. Retiring from the boating in the early 1970's , 
Andy resides in Salmon River country, in Challis. His 
son Ted continues to make trips down the Middle 
Fork as manager for the forest Service. Andy is a 
charter member of the Idaho Outfitter and Guide 
Association and he also helped in organizing the 
Central Idaho Mining Association. Andy is a man with 
many accomplishments and a great love of the 
outdoors. 

— Tami Rice 



Ted and Phyllis Ebberts Anderson 

Ted Leroy Anderson was born in Garfield, Utah in 
1929. He first saw Lemhi County in 1938 when his 
father, Andy Anderson started an outfitting business 
at Meyers Cove in Lemhi County. He spent the 
summers at Meyers Cove with his mother and father 
at their camp on Warm Springs Creek at the Cove. 

Ted attended Salmon High School in 1945 and 
1946. During the summer of 1945 he and his father 
made a trip by boat down the Middle Fork of the 
Salmon in search of the body of a miner who had 
drowned at Survey Creek. Ted made his first trip as 
a boatman in 1946 at the age of seventeen. He 
attended Challis High School where he graduated in 
1948. That fall he joined the Army and in December 
of that year married Phyllis Ebberts of Challis. In 
1950, Ted returned from the service and later that 
fall, their son Michael was born. 

Returning to Lemhi County in the Spring of 1951, 
he went to work for the Simplot Fluorspar Mine at 



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Ted Leroy Anderson 

Meyers Cove, where he drove a truck and was a mill 
operator. The mill at the Fluorspar burnt down in 
1953, and the mine closed. That summer, he worked 
for his father in the outfitting business and later 
went to work at the Cobalt Mine. After he left 
Cobalt, he moved to Challis and in the summer of 
1953, he and Phyllis had a daughter, Tamra Jean. 
He continued to assist his father in the boating 
business up until 1970. Ted worked at various jobs 
until he was employed by the Challis National Forest 
as Manager of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. 
He is still managing the river at the time of this 
article. 

— Anderson family 

Alvin and Maud O'Conner Andrews 

Alvin T. Andrews was born November 23, 1896 in 
Salmon, Idaho, the son of William S. and Julia 
Andrews. William S. Andrews was a long time 
resident of Lemhi County, owning both ranch and 
town properties. 

Alvin T. Andrews had one brother, George Andrews 
and one half-brother, William Warner. Alvin spent his 



early life attending school in Salmon. As a young 
man he operated a freight line between Red Rock 
and Salmon. 

On July 3, 1922, Alvin married Maud Esther 
O'Conner, daughter of Frank and Belle O'Connor of 
Forney, Idaho. They were married in Salmon by a 
local minister, W.T. Beatty. 

Later, in 1922, William, Julia, Alvin and Maud 
Andrews traveled to Los Angeles, California, where 
Alvin learned the trade of plastering. He worked in 
Los Angeles only a short period of time before 
returning to Salmon to follow the plastering trade. 
Alvin also served as night policeman for the city of 
Salmon for several years. 

He was a veteran of World War I, and was a 
member of LLoyd Shaw Post No. 67 for twenty-five 
years. Alvin and Maud were the parents of one 
daughter, Betty Maud Aldrich, who currently resides 
in Salmon. Betty is the mother of Rick Benedict of 
Las Vegas, Nevada and Roberta A. Slavin of Salmon. 

— Roberta A. Slavin 






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Alvin T., Maude and Betty M. Andrews - 1924. 



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Boyd and Lorna Fullerton Andrews 

Boyd Ernest Andrews was born June 29, 1931, in 
his paternal grandparents' house in Newdale, Idaho, 
the fourth child of Ernest M. and Fay Poulson 
Andrews. Boyd"s parents were dry land farmers on 
land where the Teton Dam was located. 

When Boyd was a baby, the family moved to 
Berniece, Idaho near Howe, Idaho. They were living 
at Berniece when Boyd's sister Goldie, age five, 
chopped off three of Boyd's toes (he was three) on 
a dare. His folks took him to Arco where his toes 
were sewn back on by a veterinarian. There was no 
doctor in Arco. Soon after the accident, they moved 
over the pass at the head of the valley to a ranch 
located near Goldburg in the Pahsimeroi Valley 
where they lived until Boyd was five. 

After this, they moved to the Pines Ranch owned 
by Woods Livestock, where the children had to 
attend school at Hooper and May, Idaho. They lived 
there until 1942 when his folks bought the McDevitt 
Creek Ranch. Boyd was eleven years old at that 
time. 

Boyd's father bought the McDevitt Creek Ranch 
near Tendoy from Art and Audrey Hodges who had 
been raising Cavalry Mount horses for the Army. 

Boyd attended seventh and eighth grades at 
Tendoy School and freshman year at Salmon and 
high school at Leadore. When he got out of high 
school, he worked for his father until 1950. Boyd 
and Everett DeCora had a great time chasing wild 
horses that were on the range in the Muddy Creek- 
McDevitt Creek area. 

Lorna Claire Fullerton Andrews was born August 
20, 1932, in Frank R. Hall and Irene Ramey Hall's 
house in Salmon, her maternal grandparents. 

She lived most of the time in Salmon and Challis 
until the age of five when the family moved to Salt 
Lake City, Utah and she attended kindergarten 
there. Then, the family moved back to Salmon and 
she attended first grade in the Legion Hall. Miss Hale 
was the teacher. Lorna attended second and third 
grades at Salmon, fourth and fifth at Challis, from 
there, moved to Salt Lake City again and went to 
sixth and seventh grades there. The family then 
moved to Park City Utah and she went to eighth and 
ninth there then moved back to Salmon for the 
completion of high school. 

Lorna and Boyd met at a Halloween dance at the 
Lemhi Grange Hall and they were married April 11, 
1950 at the courthouse in Salmon with Judge 
Donald Martin officiating. 

They lived on Boyd's folks ranch until 1961 with 
Boyd working for and leasing his father's ranch 
during those eleven years and running their own 
ranch too. 

Between 1951 and 1961 four children were born; 
Boyd Blaine , born July 22, 1951; April Valine, born 



April 23, 1954, (now Mrs. John Aldous; Cindy Lorna , 
born January 31, 1958 (now Mrs. Glenn Goutet); and 
Josh Ernest, born June 23, 1961. 

In the early spring of 1956, they bought their 
present ranch from Mrs Flossie McDonald Smith and 
her son Dwight Smith, on Sandy Creek where Boyd 
and Lorna lived for that year before moving back to 
McDevitt Creek and leasing Boyd's father's ranch 
besides running their own. 

The year 1963, they leased the Old Ball Ranch at 
the mouth of Agency Creek from Corliss and 
Margaret Ball Morphey. They lived there for that 
year, then moved back to Sandy Creek in 1964 
where they lived until 1980 when they sold the 
ranch and moved to their property on the Lemhi 
River near Seventeen Mile. They lived there for ten 
years, then sold that property and moved back to 
the ranch on Sandy Creek in 1990 where they 
presently live. 

Lorna and Boyd have six grandchildren: April has 
three children, Hillary Claire, John Arthur, and Jacob 
Andrew Aldous. Daughter Cindy has two children; 
Yvonne Nichole and Jeremy Joseph Goulet. Josh 
Aldous has one child, Joshua Dustin Andrews. 

— Lorna Claire Fullerton Andrews 
Edwin Truman and Josephine Andrews 

My grandfather, Edwin Truman Andrews, came to 
Salmon, Idaho from New York with his wife, 
Josephine, in 1863. In Salmon, he joined the 
Andrews Mercantile Store which had been 
established by his father-in-law, W.H. Andrews. He 
operated Andrews Light and Power as well. Truman 
also ran a dairy and truck farm near Salmon. A 
brother-in-law, N.I. Andrews, signed the state's 
constitution in Boise in 1889 and also served in the 
capacity of director of the local bank. 

Edwin and Josephine had one son, Frank Andrews, 
who was born in Salmon in 1875. Their oldest 
daughter, Margaretha, had died in childhood. Frank 
attended Northwestern University in Evanston, 
Illinois, and in 1898 served in the Spanish-American 
War in the Rough-riders under Teddy Roosevelt. 
Upon returning to Salmon from the war, he owned a 
livery stable and, later on, an ice cream parlor. He 
married Pearl Cockrell of Salmon in 1899. She was 
the daughter of Columbia Ann Lish Cockrell and 
Joseph Cockrell, one of the area's earliest freighters. 

Joseph Cockrell will long be remembered for his 
innate kindness to others. In order to save the 
needy from embarrassment, he would wait until after 
nightfall then go to their homes with bundles of 
food, clothing, and what other supplies they 
required. One night, the night watchman even saw 
him carrying a mattress on his back down the 
street! 



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Pearl's sister, Cecil Cockrell, married Marion 
Mulkey in Salmon in 1900. Marion was the son of 
Elijah and Alcina Mulkey. Elijah Mulkey was among 
those prospectors first to discover gold in the area 
in the mid-1800's. Marion and Cecil had one 
daughter, Karletta, who grew up on the old Mulkey 
Ranch. 

Andrews Street in Salmon was named after the 
Andrews family. Daisy street was named after the 
daughter of N.I. Andrews. Frank and Pearl Andrews 
had four children from their marriage. They are Mrs. 
Mildred Cardwell, the late Edwin Andrews, Mrs. Gail 
Taylor, all of California, and Mrs. Marilyn Bernt of 
Mountain Home, Idaho. 

I was born in Salmon in 1919. After attending the 
University of Idaho. I married Lawrence Bernt of 
Hammett in 1945. Over a span of forty years, I 
brought up six children on a river ranch near Glenns 
Ferry until my husband's death in 1988. 

— Marilyn Andrews Bernt 
Ernest and Fay Poulson Andrews 

Ernest Andrews was born, in Twin Groves, Idaho 
on November 26, 1901 of English parents. He 
attended school in twin Groves and St Anthony, 
Idaho. While dry farming with his father in the 
Newdale area, Ernest went to the Poulson farm on 
business and met Fay, who was to become his wife. 
Fay Poulson Andrews was born of Danish parents, in 
Kilgore, Idaho on January 23, 1907. 

On June 28, 1922, Ernest and Fay were married in 
St. Anthony. To this union, three sons: Rex, Gail, and 
Boyd, and two daughters Goldie and LaRee were 
born. Their first child, Rex was born in Teton, Idaho 
on September 3, 1923. Gail was born in Newdale, 





FRONT ROW: Ernest, LaRee, Fay BACK ROW: Rex, Boyd, Goldie, 
and Gail Andrews in 1945 



Ernest and Fay Andrews, June 28, 1922 

Idaho on May 12, 1927. Goldie was born in Newdale 
on December 29, 1928. The fourth child, Boyd was 
born in Newdale on June 29, 1931. They were all 
born at home. LaRee, the youngest, was born in an 
Idaho Falls hospital on July 22, 1941. 

After their marriage, Ernest and Fay continued 
farming in the Newdale area. In 1929, they moved to 
a farm in Howe, Idaho. While living at Howe, Ernest 
had the misfortune of getting his hand in a buzz saw 
and losing his middle finger on his right hand. The 
stories about this missing finger continued to 
entertain many hired men and guests at the dinner 
table for years to come, along with many other 
stories that Ernest loved to tell. 

After leaving Howe in 1935, the Andrews family 
moved to the Pahsimeroi Valley and operated the 
Wood Livestock Ranch. The Pahsimeroi River, which 
is the separating border for Lemhi and Custer 
Counties, ran through the middle of this ranch 
placing half in each county. Raising sheep and cattle 
on their large ranch required the help of hired men, 
because everything was done by hand and with 
horses. Farm work was hard and required long 
hours. However, when there was time to play, 
everyone enjoyed attending dances at May or 
Patterson. The family always had a good time 
visiting with neighbors and dancing. 

In the fall of 1943, Ernest bought the Hodge 
Ranch at Tendoy, on McDevitt Creek, where they 
continued to farm and to raise sheep and cattle. By 
this time. Rex had married Mary and was helping 



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with the ranch work. With hired help, Ernest was 
running three bands of sheep, one thousand to 
twelve hundred to a band, in Idaho and Centennial 
Valley in Montana. Fay worked as cook for the hired 
men with the help of a part-time cook and Goldie. 
Because she loved to be outside, Fay would take 
kitchen time off to mow or rake hay. She always 
raised a big garden, and would do garden work in 
the evening to relax. 

In 1946, Ernest bought the Herb Spencer Ranch, 
which is seventeen miles out of Salmon on Highway 
28. Rex and Mary lived there for many years before 
moving to the McDevitt ranch. All of Ernest and 
Fay's sons with their wives lived on and helped work 
the McDevitt Ranch and the 17 Mile Ranch. Gail and 
Louise purchased the Ranch at 17 Mile and continue 
to live there. Boyd and Lorna purchased the Smith 
Ranch on Sandy Creek, where they live. 

In 1973, the McDevitt Creek Ranch was sold. Rex 
and Mary bought the Rulie Ziegler Ranch at 17 Mile, 
which is operated by their son Melvin. Ernest and 
Fay moved to an acreage at 17 Mile, and enjoy 
fishing in the summer and going to their Arizona 
home in the winter. Today, all of Ernest and Fay's 
children live in the 17 Mile area, except LaRee and 
Jerry dance who live in Pocatello. 

Ernest passed away in December 1985, and Fay in 
June 1988. They were both buried in the Salmon 
Cemetery. 



Poindexter and Orr Ranch. It proved to be the break 
of a lifetime! They encouraged him to finish his 
education. From then on, Dillon and all of 
Beaverhead County became his home. He worked 
on ranches in the Big Hole, Grasshopper, Horse 
Prairie, and the Centennial. In the winter months he 
often trapped and tended bar at Roselle's Bar at 
Armstead. During these years, he acquired the 
nickname "Tennessee". 

June 6, 1940, Bill married Viola Barrett of 
Leadore. They moved to Challis where he tended 
bar and she worked as a telephone operator. After 
buying an interest in a bar at Burke, they moved 
there. Bill worked days in the mines and nights at 
the bar. Although business was good, they hated the 
daily rain so sold out and moved to Gilmore where 
Bill drove the Ore trucks and Vi worked at Daly's 
Boarding House. When World War II was declared the 
couple moved to Ogden, Utah. Bill was employed 
days at the Second Street Ammunition Depot and 
nights at the Club BAr. Viola went to school. 

Next they moved to Butte, Montana where Bill 
worked in the mines and Viola took a business 
course. The mines closed so Bill got a job 
maintaining the State Highway at Leadore while Viola 
taught English and History at the high school. 

Next, they purchased a home and a business at 
Wisdom, Montana. Business was great but after 



■Goldie Jenson 



Wilmoth and Viola Barrett Anglin 

Wilmoth Charles "Bill" Anglin, son of Stella McRoy 
Ladd and Charles W. Ladd was born at his 
grandfather's logging camp near Memphis, 
Tennessee. His father was killed in an accident just 
before Bill was born. When he was two years old, his 
mother married Grover Franklin Anglin. Bill received 
much of his education in the oil fields of the South. 
An only child, he had a lonely life while his mother 
worked. So at age ten he delivered newspapers. The 
next year, he worked for Western Union and at age 
thirteen he started working in the oil fields. 

Because he was large for his age it was easy for 
him to handle many different jobs. His dream was to 
move to Montana so he rode a freight train to 
Phoenix, Arizona and got a job as a pastry cook in a 
bakery. The boss liked him but in about a year he 
headed toward Montana. Along the way he herded 
sheep in Nevada and enjoyed the job. Necessity 
forced him to make shelters and shoes out of card 
board boxes and string. Often he associated with 
hoboes. From them he learned to survive. 

When he was eighteen he was pulled off a freight 
train in Dillon, Montana and sent to work at the 




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working day and night for two and a half years, they 
sold and moved to Casper, Wyoming. Bill built 
government housing while Viola worked days for Salt 
Creek Freightways as a Settlement Accountant and 
attended night school. In June 1948, they purchased 
a half interest in the Tendoy Store. Viola became 
Postmaster and worked in the store. Bill worked on 
many ranches over Lemhi County and in many of 
the mines. He also worked for the Forest Service 
until he purchased an interest in a bar in Salmon 
which he later sold. After that he worked at Cobalt 
and Thompson Creek Mines until he broke his back 
in an accident there in 1959. 

In 1961, the couple bought out their Tendoy Store 
partners and also purchased some acres on the 
Lemhi so Bill could raise sheep. He drove the school 
bus from Tendoy to Leadore until bone cancer 
caused him to retire. He bought a home in Salmon 
for their retirement but died before they could move 
there. 

They are parents of two children, lola married 
Wayne Else and has a daughter and two sons plus a 
foster daughter. She teaches school at Western 
Montana college, Dillon. 

Kelly married Bonnie Falconer and has two sons 
and a daughter. He is Postmaster at Tendoy and 
assists with the store operation. Bill was a member 
of the Catholic Church, Elks Lodge, Lemhi 
Community Grange, several Unions and some school 
organizations. 

He liked to read, hunt, fish, and to play poker! 

— Viola B. Anglin 

David and Nellie Ankrum and 
Niel and Mae Ankrum 

David and Nellie Elliot Ankrum came to Idaho from 
Missouri in 1913. They settled in the Idaho Falls area 
where they worked at the Eastside Grocery Store 
delivering groceries. My father-in-law, Niel Ankrum, 
was about two years old when the family moved 
west. He was born on December 31, 1911 in Asbury, 
Missouri. 

In 1927, they again moved and came to Salmon, 
Idaho. David and the older boys contracted to put 
up hay for the Shoup Ranch. They also leased the 
Geertson Creek Ranch for about two years. 

In 1929, David and Nellie bought the home ranch 
on Sandy Creek. Their boys worked on the ranch 
until some left for military service or got married 
and started families of their own. 

David and Nellie had eleven children: Wesley, Ruth, 
Carl, Niel, Noel, Glenn, Thelma, Bertha, Raymond, 
Mildred and Harold. Thelma, Mildred and Harold are 
still living. Mildred and Thelma reside in Las Vegas, 
Nevada and Harold in Billings, Montana. 




Niel, David and Mae Ankrum 

Niel married Ida Mae Hill on February 15, 1940. It 
was this same year that grandma, Nellie Ankrum, 
died and grandpa hired Niel to operate the ranch 
during the war years. After the war, Carl and Glenn 
came back and leased the ranch for about three 
years. 

Grandpa, David Ankrum, died in Mesa, Arizona on 
April 19, 1947. Niel and Mae Ankrum had four 
children born to them: Allen, Darrow, LLoyd and 
Linda. Niel worked in the CCC Camps and for the 
Copper Queen Mine in the winters hauling wood. 

In 1947, Niel and Mae went to work at the Steve 
Mahaffey Ranch. Niel worked there for ten years as 
ranch hand and foreman and Mae worked at the 
cookhouse for eight years. By this time (1951) the 
home ranch on Sandy Creek had been sold to Axel 
and Dorothy Sorenson. 

In 1957, Niel leased the ranch from Axel with the 
option to buy. He bought the cattle but leased the 
ranch. In 1958, Niel and Mae then bought the Sandy 
Creek Ranch where they continued to live and raise 
their family. The boys were a great help with the 
ranch work. They grew crops of hay and grain and 
raised registered Angus cattle. 

In 1970, the ranch was sold to Vern and Kathleen 
Hovren. Niel operated the ranch for them for one 
more year before moving to 17-Mile where he and 
Mae had built a new home. They brought thirty head 
of Angus cattle with them from the ranch and they 
kept them for several years until Niel's health failed. 
Niel and Mae lived at their 17-Mile home until Niel's 
death in October of 1986. Three of their four 



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children are still living. Their daughter Linda passed 
away in November of 1984. Allen lives in Great Falls, 
Montana: Darrow lives in Ontario, Oregon and Lloyd 
lives in Salmon and works out of Fairbanks, Alaska. 
Mae sold their 17-Mile home in 1988 and moved 
to Salmon where she now resides. 

— Sheila Ankrum 



Lloyd and Sheila Stokes Ankrum 

Lloyd and I were both born in Salmon and except 
for college, military service and a short summer in 
1968 in Billings, Montana, we have lived in Salmon 
all our lives. 

Lloyd was born on August 6, 1943, the third son of 
Mae and Niel Ankrum. He was raised on the 
Mahaffey ranch and on the Sandy Creek Ranch. He 
received his schooling in the Leadore and Salmon 
schools. 

I was born on a cold wintry day, December 14, 
1941. My parents are Richard and Lila Stokes and I 
was the youngest of four children. I have two 
brothers and one sister. My father passed away 
March 2, 1988 after being stricken with cancer. My 
mother is still living in Salmon. 

LLoyd and I were married on November 10, 1967 
at the Salmon Idaho Stake Center of the LDS 
Church. Bishop Wilmer Rigby performed the 
ceremony. We spent our honeymoon in Jackson 
Hole, Wyoming and on the way there, we took the 
car (a convertible) to an automatic car wash to have 
the wedding goop washed off. As the brushes and 
water started around the car, water started coming 
in around the canvas top and sprayed us as we sat 
there. 

We quickly grabbed a blanket from the back seat 
and held it up all around the car as the brushes 
continued around. We were laughing so hard. A lady 
was watching us from outside and from the look on 
her face, she must have thought we were crazy. 

For six months, we lived in a trailer house on the 
Ankrum Ranch and LLoyd worked for his parents. 
We were there until June and then moved to Billings, 
Montana where LLoyd began driving truck. One day, 
I picked up our mail and there, among some other 
mail, was the letter we had dreaded might come. It 
started "Greetings!" That night, when Lloyd called, 
he said, "Guess what, we are snowed-in in Calgary." 
I said back to him, "Well, guess what else? You 
received your draft notice today." 

LLoyd left for basic training at Fort Lewis that 
October. He took his AIT training at Fort Eustas, 
Virginia and served a tour of duty in Viet Nam where 
he was a helicopter mechanic and door gunner. In 
telling of some experiences, LLoyd said they were 
shot down or went down a total of seventeen times. 



In one story, LLoyd said, "We went down once in the 
Saigon River and I was the only one of about six 
people who could swim. Well, the rest learned how 
to swim in a hurry." LLoyd was honorably 
discharged from the army in 1970. 

I had received a teaching certificate earlier in 
college so during LLoyd's military career I worked in 
the Salmon Schools in various positions. At different 
times I had taught Physical Education, Health, Math, 
Literature and taught Junior High Chorus. The 
neatest thing about teaching Chorus that year was 
when we put on an operetta called "Three Pink 
Leprechauns." One student, upon graduation from 
high school, wrote me a card thanking me for that 
experience and said it was the highlight of junior 
high for him. That pleased me a lot. 

Our son, Shawn, was born on March 30, 1971 in 
Salmon. He received his schooling in the Salmon 
Schools and loved sports. He was very active in 
football and basketball. He was a good student as 
well as a strong athlete. In his senior year, he 
received the "Most Valuable Player" award in 
basketball from Coach Larry Gwartney. 

Shawn married Julianne Lee on June 9, 1990, in 




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Great Falls, Montana. They live in Great Falls where 
both are working and Julianne is attending 
Cosmetology School. 

Our daughter, Marcy, was born on May 10, 1973 
in Salmon. She too received her schooling in the 
Salmon Schools. Marcy is a good student and 
athlete too and excels in volleyball, basketball and 
track. Their volleyball team won the district 
championship and were able to go to the State 
Tournament in Post Falls, Idaho. Marcy is active in 
her church work and is on the Seminary Council. 
She is a senior at Salmon High School and will 
graduate in May, 1991. She plans to attend college 
in the fall. 

In 1974, we built a new home at 17-Mile, where 
we still reside. Lloyd has been living and working in 
Alaska since October 1989, but our home will always 
be in Salmon. 

— Sheila Stokes Ankrum 

Herbert and Charlotte Appleman 

Herbert Manson Appleman was born December 
13, 1932 and died October 21, 1983. Charlotte Jane 
Lindsay was born November 20, 1923 and she and 
Herbert married December 17, 1955 in Romeo, 
Michigan. Herbert graduated from Michigan State 
University in 1955 with a BA degree in Accounting. 
He also was in R.O.T.C. in college and received his 
commission upon graduation. When his time of 
active duty was over, he joined the Reserves. He 
was a Certified Public Accountant and Partner with 
Ernest and Whinney in Detroit, Michigan. 

Jane graduated from Michigan State University 
with a degree in Medical Technology B.S. in 1955. 
She has worked in various hospitals and private labs 
and has her secondary teaching certificate from 
Wayne State University. 

They have four children; Thomas Glenn, Richard 
Dale, James Eric and Susan Lynn, and three 
grandchildren, one boy and two girls. 

— Frances Appleman 
Ira R. and Ella Soule Appleman 

Ella Gertrude Alicia Soule graduated from Salmon 
High School in the class of 1913, which had four 
graduates. She taught school in Carmen for several 
months, attended Lewiston College for two years, 
then taught at the Bridge School, Kirtley Creek 
Dredge School, Decio and Salmon. 

Ella and Ira Royal Appleman, who was 
Superintendent of Schools in Salmon, were married 
in the Soule home on September 7, 1921. Robert 
Horace Appleman was born in Salmon on November 




Ella Appleman 

29, 1926. The family moved to Detroit, Michigan in 
early 1928 and Herbert Manson Appleman was born 
December 13, 1932. Ira was a science teacher. After 
Ira's death on October 11, 1955 Ella returned to 
college, evenings, while substitute teaching and 
received her degree. She taught first grade in Flat 
Rock, Michigan until November 1963 when she 
broke her right hip and wrist. 

She recuperated at the home of Robert and 
Frances Appleman in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and 
in June of 1964 moved to Salmon and lived with her 
sister Carrie. After Carrie's death, on June 19, 1967, 
she continued to live in the family home in Salmon 
until her death July 29, 1990. 

She was active in Faith Bible Chapel, P.E.O., 
Eastern Star, Senior Citizen's, attended Retired 
Teacher's Breakfasts, and was a member of the 
D.A.R. 

Ella was well known for her sense of humor, her 
infectious giggle and her very loving and caring 
disposition. She never hesitated to go anywhere she 
could with family and friends. 

— Frances Appleman 

Robert and Frances Rillstone Appleman 

Robert Horace Appleman was born November 29, 
1926 and died January 18, 1988. Frances Alice 
Rillstone was born June 15, 1928. They were 
married October 28, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan. Bob 
graduated in 1950 from the University of Detroit 
with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree. 



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He worked for Ford Motor Company in Detroit, 
Michigan, General Electric in Cincinnati, Ohio, and 
Westmghouse Electric in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
until his retirement January 1, 1987. Bob enjoyed 
making home improvements and traveling with 
family and friends. 

After business school graduation, Frances worked 
for Ford Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan as a 
secretary. She left in 1951 to have a family. In 
January 1967, she returned to Ford Motor Company 
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania until retirement, January 
1, 1989. They have two daughters, Darlene Ann and 
Cheryl Lynn and five grandchildren, three boys and 
two girls. 

— Frances Appleman 



Dale and C. Colleen Whiting Arave 

Dale Arave was born in Jameston, Idaho, a small 
community three miles east of Shelley, Idaho, on 
September 13, 1929. His parents are Jamestown A. 
Arave and Mary Louise Anderson Arave. He was the 
first born of seven sons and three daughters. He 
attended eight grades of school in Jameston and 
two years of high school in Shelley. His growing up 
years were during the depression and World War II, 
also the mechanization of the farms got well under 
way during this time. He spent his early years in 
school, swimming in Sand Creek, riding horses, and 
working for local farmers. 

In 1945, the family moved to Salmon, Idaho, to 
work on a ranch located on Geertson Creek seven 
miles southeast of Salmon. High school was 
completed in Salmon and there he met Carol 
Colleen Whiting, who lived on a neighboring ranch. 
Colleen was born in Pocatello, Idaho, the daughter 
of Ralph and Irene Whiting. She was born into a 
family of seven girls and three boys. Her family 
moved to Salmon when she was only six weeks old. 
She grew up in the Salmon area, attending schools 
there. 

Dale and Colleen were married in 1948. They 
made their home on the ranch at Geertson Creek. 
Dale had attended college at Utah State Agriculture 
College in Logan, Utah, in 1947, but returned to the 
ranch to live. 

Gordon, Janet, Tom and Kim were born in Salmon 
in the next few years. The family worked the ranch 
and were active in the L.D.S. Church in the Salmon 
Stake, Lemhi Ward. Recreation consisted of church 
activities, a movie occasionally, and some fishing and 
hunting and working with their horses. Dale began 
rodeoing some to augment their income. 

In the spring of 1956, the Arave family moved to 
Seventy Mile House, British Columbia, Canada, 
where they bought a cattle ranch along with 



Colleen's brother, Clint Whiting. They lived there 
until the fall of 1958 when they sold out and moved 
back to Salmon. The years in Canada were 
enjoyable even though there were few conveniences 
for wives and families. After moving back to Salmon, 
their last son Brent, was born in 1959. 

In 1961, Dale decided to go into the contracting 
business and moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho. In 1964 
they bought and moved to their present home in 
Blackfoot. 

Dale has worked in the contracting business and 
the real estate business since moving to Blackfoot. 
They have bought and sold a number of farms and 
ranches in the neighboring counties and built a lot of 
homes. Church activity has always been a part of 
the family life. 

Dale was elected to the Board of County 
Commissioners in November 1978 and has served 
on that board since taking office in January, 1979. 
Colleen has also been involved in community affairs, 
serving on the Christmas Tree Fantasy Committee 
since it started, and many other community 
projects. 

All of the Arave children are married and have 
families of their own and live in the area except 
Janet, who lives in Arco. Dale and Colleen have 
twenty-six grandchildren. The years have brought 
many changes, many challenges and many rewards. 
They have always tried to make their influence in the 
community a positive one and will continue to do so. 

— Dale Arave 



Lyman and Louise Arave 

Lyman and Louise Arave came from Shelley, Idaho 
to the Salmon area in 1945 with their children; Dale, 
Ralph, Neal, Mae, Christine, LaRae and Keith. They 
settled on the John McKinney place on Geertson 
Creek. They worked, played and lived in this 
wonderful land. They ranched and raised cattle. The 
Araves were respected, loved and enjoyed by 
everyone. They were very active in community 
affairs, many picnics were held at the ranch. 

At the time they arrived, there was a school house 
on Geertson Creek, but school was not held there. 
The Araves were instrumental in bringing school 
back to the area. 

They also spearheaded the building of the road 
from Geertson Creek School out to Highway 28. 
John Burgraff gave the ground and the ranchers 
along the creek cleared the brush and trees off, and 
the county graded it. 

The family participated in Posse, rodeos and all 
community and civic functions. Lyman was on the 
Board of Directors for the Farmers' Home 
Administration. Louise participated in the community 



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with rug weaving lessons, making mattresses, and 
helping with the sick. 

They were also very active in church activities and 
did much to further the establishment of the Baker 
Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day 
Saints. 

They rallied members from all up and down the 
valley. At first they met in different homes but finally 
(after many box socials and fund raising activities), 
they bought the old post office and store at Baker 
and made it into a church house. 

Lyman served in the Bishopric of the Baker Ward 
and Louise served as the Relief Society President. 
Later, she also served as Stake Relief Society 
President in Salmon. 

While at Geertson Creek two more sons, twins, 
were born, Larry and Gary. At the time there was 
not a hospital closer than Idaho Falls and they were 
oorn at home. Gary only lived a few hours. 

When our country issued a call to arms, Ralph and 
later Neal responded by volunteering in the Army. 
Ralph eventually served in Austria. Neal served in 
the U.S. Calvary. It was the only calvary still active 
in the United States. 

The Arave's said they thoroughly enjoyed the 
years they spent in the Salmon area, "They were 
some of the happiest and most productive years of 
our lives spent among very special people and 
friends." 

In 1955, they moved to British Columbia, where 
they lived for four years, then they moved back to 
Shelley. Keith was killed in a horse racing accident in 
Montpelier, Idaho in 1964. Lyman passed away 
February 28, 1991 at the age of eighty-four. Louise 
still resides in Shelley, Idaho. 

— Louise Arave 




Lyman and Louise Arave 



Leonard Guy and Marjorie Arfmann 

Leonard Guy and Marjorie Ruth Arfmann moved to 
Salmon, Idaho, in February of 1966. Leonard, a 
previous J.C. Penny manager in New Castle, 
Wyoming, decided it was time to be his own boss. 
He opened up a family department store on Mam 
Street in Salmon in the old J.C. Penney building that 
existed there. They named their store the M&L V- 
Store, a family department store that carried 
women's, children's and men's clothing. They also 
had a domestic and fabric department, shoes and 
work clothes. 

Marge, daughter of Frank and Letetia Peterson, 
was born November 6, 1910 in the state of 
Minnesota. She had only one sister, Fran Ramalle, 
who resides in Stillwater, Minnesota. 

Len, son of Hermina and Mr. Arfmann, is the 
oldest of seven children. His brothers, Merl and Bud, 
and his sisters. Eve, Betty, Vie and Vera, grew up on 
a family farm in Marshall, Minnesota. Len graduated 
from high school in June, 1936, and married Marge 
on June 30, 1938. 

He joined the Navy and served his country for two 
years while writing letters back home to Marge. They 
had their first child in the Navy. Their son, Bruce 
Lee, was born February 14, 1947 in Brookings, 
South Dakota. Loren Ray was born January 31, 
1952, in Harvey North Dakota. Linda Kay, was born 
August 17, 1954, in New Castle, Wyoming; followed 
five years later by a baby sister, Karen Sue, born 
September 11, 1959 in New Castle, Wyoming. 

Leonard, a Rotarian, merchant and father, served 
his family and his community well. He was very 
energetic and believed in the principle, "When the 
going gets tough, the tough get going". Because of 
his family business, and due to Marge's sudden 
illness with Rheumatoid Arthritis, he learned well the 
principle of love and service. He also enjoys making 
breads and pies, and he believes in keeping 
physically fit by walking and eating proper foods. 

Marge has enjoyed being involved in civic 
organizations, investment clubs and loved playing 
bridge with their bridge groups on weekends. When 
they bought the store, she did the buying for the 
ladies, childrens, and fabric departments. Marge and 
Len were active members of the Methodist Church. 

Loren and Erlene Arfmann bought the family 
business in 1978. The business started in the old 
J.C. Penney building and in 1972 moved across the 
street to the old Saveway building. Four years later 
the name was changed to Arfmann's Four Seasons. 

After turning over the rest of the business, Marge 
and Len moved to Lake Montezuma, Arizona, where 
they bought property and a home on a golf course. 
On June 30, 1988, they celebrated their fiftieth 
Wedding Anniversary at the club house in Lake 
Montezuma, at which their entire family was able to 



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FRONT ROW: Ruth Ann, Marge, Linda BACK ROW: Loren, Bruce. 
Karen Sue and Len Arfmann 



attend and many of their friends. The following 
family picture was taken during the celebration. 

Their family was of great importance to them and 
they spent a lot of time with their children working 
and going on weekend outings. The highlight of their 
lives is when the family gets together for special 
occasions such as holidays or family reunions. Their 
children are listed below, from oldest to youngest, 
with their spouses, children and where they live now. 

Ruth Ann married Herman Assmus and now 
resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their children are 
Keri Lynn and Tyler John. Bruce Lee married Elaine 
Jones and they are now living in Denver, Colorado. 
Their children are Tracy, Brian and Kelly. Loren Ray 
married Eriene Infanger and they now reside in 
Salmon, Idaho. Their children are Jayson, Lori, Ryan, 
Amy and Chace. Linda Kay married Les Edward (son 
of Eugene and Vivian Edward of Salmon) and they 
reside in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Their children are 
Stacey and Justin. Karen Sue married Jim Walker 
(son of Buck and Sue Walker of Salmon) and now 
reside in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their child's name is 
Geoffrey. 

— Sharon Infanger 

Loren and Eriene Infanger Arfmann 

Loren Ray and Eriene Infanger Arfmann first met 
in Salmon High School. Over the years their 
relationship developed into a friendship that would 
last for a long time. After graduation from high 
school, Loren and Eriene attended college. Eriene 
graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS 
in Physical Education. Loren graduated from Idaho 
State University with a BS in Accounting. 



Loren and Eriene were married August 11, 1973, 
and continued with their college educations while 
attending ISU in Pocatello. Their first son and 
daughter, Jayson and Lori, were born during these 
years at college. 

In 1976, Loren and Eriene moved back to Salmon, 
Idaho, to help with the Arfmann family business. In 
1978, they bought the business from Marge and Len 
Arfmann and continue to operate the business as a 
second generation owner. 

In April of 1991, Arfmann's Four Seasons 
celebrated its twenty-fifth Anniversary Sale, 
celebrating and reminiscing about the many years of 
service and success operating in the Salmon Valley 
area. 

Since moving back to Salmon in 1976 three more 
children were born; Ryan, Amy and Chace. All five 
Arfmann children were delivered in Steele Memorial 
Hospital with the help of Dr. Walt Blackadar and Dr. 
Boyd Simmons. 

Loren, Eriene, and their family are active members 
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. 
They both have been active civically. Loren has 
acted as president of Salmon Valley Chamber of 
Commerce, served on the zoning board and 
announces high school sports from KSRA Radio. 

— Eriene Infanger Arfmann 

Edward Thorndike Ashworth 

Edward Thorndike Ashworth was born July 22, 
1907 in Payette, Idaho, the son of Reverend Thomas 
and Ella Leaning Ashworth. He graduated from 
Payette High School and in 1929 was appointed to 
the United States Military Academy at West Point, 
New York, He graduated from West Point in 1933. 

Two of his brothers were also appointed to the 
military academies, one to West Point and one to 
Annapolis. 

His father later moved to Butte, Montana where 
he served his church for many years. 

After graduation, Ed, married Edna Adeline 
Groebler of New York City. For the next thirty years 
the couple lived in various military posts throughout 
the country, including the Territories of Alaska and 
Hawaii. 

In 1963, they moved to Carmel, California and 
lived there for seven years. In 1970 they moved to 
Federal Way, Washington where they lived until 
moving to Salmon in 1975. 

They purchased a small ranch near Salmon where 
they made their retirement home. Ed was retired as 
a Colonel of the U.S. Army. 

He had served in Alaska during World War II 
involved in the Japanese action there. His brother 
Lt. Thomas Ashworth Jr. lost his life in the Pacific 



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while leading a fighter group off the Carrier U.S.S. 
Enterprise. His other brother, Robert L. advanced to 
the rank of General in the U.S. Army while his third 
brother, Geoffrey, followed their father by becoming 
a minister. 

Ed and Edna had one son, Edward T. Ashworth Jr. 
of Carmel, California. 

They later sold their ranch and bought a beautiful 
home overlooking the Lemhi Valley at Thomas 
Estates. Edna passed away in 1984 following a 
lengthy illness. 

Ed married Suzanne Figley in 1984 at Salmon. 
They continued to reside in Salmon until his death. 

Colonel Ashworth was a perfect gentleman, very 
cultured, polite with a high regard for every other 
person's feelings. He looked after every detail in all 
his actions. A deeply religious man, he was a very 
active member of the Church of the Redeemer, 
Episcopal Church in Salmon. Despite his age, he 
would always volunteer for physical activities. It was 
always a delight to visit with him. 

At one point in his career, the Colonel had the 
opportunity to serve as the aid for General 
Eisenhower. This was after World War II, just before 
Eisenhower would enter politics. 

The Colonel was an active member of the Salmon 
Elks Lodge and the Lloyd Shaw American Legion 
Post. 

Ed passed away September 24, 1990 at his 
residence in Salmon. His funeral was held in the 
Church of the Redeemer with Past Exhalted Rulers 
from the Salmon Elks Lodge serving as pallbearers. 
He was buried in the Salmon City Cemetery. 

Although Colonel Ashworth only lived in Lemhi 
County for fifteen years, his humor, good judgement 
and joy of life will be missed. We could use more 
people like him. 

— Fred Snook 



Grover and Lilly Annie Cross Atkin 

Grover Cleveland Atkin was born January 24, 1889 
in Lenox, Iowa. He came to Idaho right after World 
War I. He lived in Idaho Falls and in some parts of 
Montana. He was a strong member of the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter-DaySaints. He met Lilly Annie 
Cross one day in the Salt Lake Temple in 1926. He 
knew she was his eternal partner. They had a long 
courtship. He told her he would be back in thirty 
days and they would be married. 

He later moved to Leadore, Idaho. He ran a saw 
mill. He cut all of the railroad ties for the railroad 
coming into Lemhi County. He later moved to the Al 
Kone place in Baker, Idaho. He then went to Charlie 
Bear's place in 1933. He bought the Emerson Hill 
Ranch ten miles up the Salmon River in Lemhi 




Grover Cleveland Atkins and Lilly Annie Cross 

County. There he ran a ranch. He was on that place 
for fourteen years. 

This ranch had eight hundred and ninety acres. 
Four hundred eighty was his and the rest leased 
land. He raised sheep, hogs, and cattle. He used to 
do a lot of sheep sheering. He was an auctioneer. He 
sold lots of livestock, machinery and ranches over 
the auction block, as he used to say. He ran a 
thrashing machine. He did a lot of custom plowing 
when times got rough. They left Lemhi County, 
Idaho in 1946 and moved to Logan, Utah where they 
remained until 1961. Lilly spent her remaining 
twenty-one years near and with her family in Box 
Elder County, Utah. 

Grover and Lilly had two sons. Fredrick Alexander 
was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho May 3, 1927 and 
passed away September 1989. George Cross was 
born November 11, 1928. He now lives in Garland, 
Utah. Grover and Lilly have six grand-kids, ten step 
grand-kids, and twenty-five great-grand-kids. All hold 
the Atkin name. 

— George C. Atkin 

— W. V. Brigiiam arrived from Boscon. 
Tuesday. He .c:: Thursday morning tor 
Leesburg 'vhere he has extensive mining in- 
terests. 



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Dave and Diane Sorenson Austin 

Dave was born May 21, 1934, in Bend, Deschutes 
County. Oregon. The son of Bertha Maye Ross and 
William Charles Austin, he was named William David 
after his father. The oldest of four children, Dave 
learned early to be responsible and work hard. 

He lived in many places while growing up, including 
Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho. After his 
parents were divorced he gravitated to Salmon 
where he lived with his aunt and uncle, Axel and 
Dorothy Sorensen. They became second parents to 
him and through their influence he stayed in school, 
graduating from Salmon High in 1954, the year he 
met his future wife. 

Diane was born August 4, 1939, in Salmon. The 
daughter of Edmond 'J' Bill and Mary Catherine 
Sorensen, the second of four children. Named 
Barbara Diane, (Barbara at the wish of her mother's 
brother), she was born and raised a Salmonite and 
has spent her entire life in this peaceful valley. 

Hers was a pleasant childhood, spent in work and 
play. As a child she and her brother and sisters 
spent many hours helping in the store. She has fond 
memories of stocking shelves. Her Dad would bring 
out a cart load of groceries for her and her brother 
and sisters to stock. They would work quickly, trying 
to get everything stocked before another cart load 
could be brought out. Almost always the kids won 
the race. It was only after many years that Diane 
decided her dad had used this ploy to turn the work 
into play. 

They also spent many hours bagging the bulk 
candy and nuts and putting the tax stamps on 
cigarettes, which at that time had to be done by 
hand. When the work was finished there was time 
for play. There were many empty cardboard boxes 
in which to build houses and tunnels. There was the 
empty grocery cart and string with which to haul 
their "stagecoach" back and forth up the back room 
aisle. Sometimes roller skating was allowed and 
often there were treats of ice cream. 

There also was work on the 'Island Farm', picking 
berries and weeding and washing produce. When 
Diane was fifteen, she met Dave. It was almost love 
at first sight, and Dave and Diane were married 
October 12, 1956, after a courtship of a year and a 
half. Shortly after the birth of their first daughter, 
Carey Diane, born August 14, 1957, they moved to a 
ranch twenty-five miles north of Salmon to try 
their hand at farming. After two years they sold the 
milk cows and moved back to town to the 'Island 
Farm'. They later bought the place from Edmond 
and still live there, where they raised turkeys and 
chickens to sell in Saveway Market. 

Dave went to work for his father-in-law in the 
grocery store, (eventually buying into the business) 
where he put to good use his love of people. Diane 



stayed at home to feed the chickens and take care 
of their children. Their second daughter, Sheri 
Diane, was born December 31, 1962, a few months 
before Dave became a member of the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. 

On their eighth wedding anniversary, they gave to 
each other a unique present, their first son, Billy 
David, born October 12, 1964. Before the birth of 
their second son, Edmond James, born April 9, 
1966, Dave and Diane were sealed for "all time and 
eternity" in the Idaho Falls Temple, at least 
becoming married in the eyes of her father. 

Between the birth of their last daughter, Catherine 
Marie, born May 28, 1968, and the birth of their last 
son, Donald Coleman, born August 5, 1971, they 
built on to their home to accommodate their 
growing family. Dave did most of the work himself, 
the rest of the family helping as they could. 

In 1973, tragedy struck when Diane's father 
suffered a massive stroke, nearly losing his life. Life 
changed for the entire family. Diane went to work 
parttime to help fill the gap left by Edmond's forced 
retirement. Carey, already working in the store, was 
followed by the other children as they became old 
enough. 

The years passed quickly for Dave and Diane. 
There was work and fun and soon the realization 
that the family would one day grow, marry and 
increase. After their first daughter was married, they 
again felt the need for more room and built on to 
their house a second time, allowing each child to 
have their own bedroom, (even Carey),. Again they 
did the work themselves, only this time Billy and 
James and even four-year-old Donny were big 
enough to help. 

Although large for just the two of them, their 
house is filled to overflowing when all the children 
and grandchildren gather. Carey, married August 26, 
1976, to Norman Reed Howell, has five children: 
Tami Lyn, born October 22, 1977; Norman Daniel, 
born August 27, 1982; David Coleman, born 
November 28, 1980, Kimberly, born October 9, 
1982, and Michael, born December 15, 1985. Sheri, 
married June 8, 1985 to Thomas Herman, has two 
children; Thomas J., born March 30, 1986. and Julie, 
born August 11, 1988. James married to Kimberly 
Hogan April 11, 1990, has one son, Brendon, born 
July 22, 1990. Cathy, married to Gary Wheeler, June 
30, 1989, has one daughter, Samantha, born 
February 4, 1991. (Billy and Donny are still looking.) 

Dave and Diane have lived thirty of their thirty- 
four years together in their home by the river. They 
have enjoyed every minute of watching their children 
grow and mature. At various times they have had 
each of their married children living at home for a 
short period of time. Now that all six children are 
grown and living in their own homes, they are 
enjoying the solitude and companionship of being alone. 



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They love the valley they live in and expect to 
spend the rest of their lives living close to the 
beautiful mountains that surround Salmon. They love 
the people and feel they are fortunate in these 
troubled times to have this isolated place in which to 
live. Dave has a secret desire to retire to their house 
on the river and spend his days fishing. Diane has a 
secret desire (partially fulfilled in 1990 when her first 
book, Green Light Selling — co-authored with Don 
Aspromonte — was published) to retire and spend all 
her time writing. They both thank God every day for 
their blessings, the most treasured of which is their 
family. 

— Diane Sorenson Austin 



Matt Austin Family 

During the Great Depression of the late 1930's the 
Matthias and Lovina Austin family of seven lived in 
Juniper, a farming community in extreme southern 
Idaho. There they ran a dry farm trying to grow 
wheat and livestock. The federal government 
classified their farm as marginal land and offered 
them assistance to relocate in an area with more 
favorable conditions. 

Matt, as he was called, and his father, Philo 
Austin, liked the Salmon River country and thus 
decided to move to that area. Matt bought a small 
farm up the Lemhi River, just above Baker, where 
they spent the first winter. His father bought a ranch 
on Hayden Creek. 

A year later. Matt located a small farm just south 
of Salmon called the Jackovac Place where there 
was better hay ground and more feed for a few dairy 
cows he had purchased form Mr. Goodman in Baker. 
They stayed only one year before moving to Hayden 
Creek to help his parents, Philo and Elizabeth, on 
their ranch. 

It was during the three years on this ranch that 
the three older children attended a one room school 
house. The one teacher taught all children (about 
fifteen or twenty), in the first through the eighth 
grades. While the family lived on Hayden Creek 
Hyrum came to join them. They family enjoyed their 
experiences and were able to get ahead somewhat 
financially. 

In 1940, and four hundred acre ranch came for 
sale two miles north of Salmon which appeared to 
be what Matt and his brother-in-law Earl Stokes was 
looking for. They debated for a considerable time 
whether they could pay for it or if they would lose 
everything by running such a chance. If my 
information is correct, it was priced at about 
$12,000 dollars which to them was a lot of money. 
They both felt good about the opportunities and thus 
bought the property and then divided it into two 




FRONT ROW: Erma, Veda, Hyrum, Harriet BACK ROW: Joseph, 
Lovina (mother), Nola, Matthias (father), Melva Austin 



equal parcels. Nola came into the family as the 
happy bubbling caboose while living on 
this farm. A couple of years later Matt again agreed 
to divide his farm into two equal parcels with his 
brother Myrthus Austin. Myrthus still owns and lives 
in the home he built to house his family. 

Matt and his family lived on this property until 
many of the children grew up and got married or left 
home for other opportunities. Harriet married Art 
Black prior to finishing high school but Melva, 
Joseph, and Erma all graduated from Salmon High 
School. Mother, Lovina Ruth Larkin Austin, passed 
away in December 1952, leaving the family in 
remorse. Matt was re-married to DuRell Patten in 
the spring of 1953, and they stayed in Salmon for 
one more year before selling and moving back to 
Logan, Utah, where both Matt and DuRell were 
raised. Prior to their moving, Erma married Frank 
Anderson from Salmon. 

Veda, Hyrum, and Nola finished school in Cache 
Valley and the rest of the family married after the 
family had moved from the area. Salmon is still very 
important to the Matt Austin family and they have 
many fond memories of their life there. The thing 
that means so much to them is the wonderful 
friends they had while there. Their standards in life 
were formed in this beautiful valley by the example 
of so many stable solid people. 

— Austin family 

Myrthus and Lucille Lee Austin 

Myrthus Austin was born at Lewiston, Utah, 
September 26, 1909. He was the son of Philo and 
Elizabeth Waddoups Austin, who were the parents of 
eleven children, Myrthus being number ten. Four of 
the children died before Myrthus was born during a 



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measles and typhoid epidemic, the family lived at 
Juniper, Idaho prior to moving to Lemhi, County, 
and it was here and Logan, Utah, where he received 
his schooling. In 1936, the family left Juniper and 
moved to the Salmon area . Philo bought a ranch at 
Lemhi and his three married sons, Matthias, 
Clarence and Rulon located their home near Baker. 
Myrthus was serving a mission in North Dakota at 
this time but completed it in March of 1937, and 
then joined his father at Lemhi. He spent the 
summer and winter here and the next spring moved 
to Darby, Montana with his brothers Clarence and 
Rulon. They farmed in Darby three summers then 
returned to Salmon. 

While living at Darby, Myrthus met his future wife 
Lucille Lee of St. Ignatious, Montana, and they 
started dating. Due to the long distance between the 
two towns he would spend a few days with the Lee 
family when coming to visit. They enjoyed dancing 
and other social activities. After Myrthus moved to 
Lemhi, their time together was limited, so, much of 
their courtship was through correspondence. In April 
of 1941, Myrthus took Lucille to Lemhi to his 
parents' golden wedding celebration and while she 
was there they became engaged and planned a June 
wedding. They were married June 25, 1941, at 
Cardston, Alberta, Canada. Myrthus' parents and 
sister Mina Stokes, and Lucilles' parents spent their 
first summer at Lemhi, moving to Salmon in the fall. 
Myrthus purchased half of his brother Matthias' 
ranch which was one mile north along Highway 93. 
There was no house or buildings on this property so 
Myrthus hired help to get out logs and build a log 
house. They planted an orchard, berries and a 
garden, they also had cattle, horses, sheep and a 
few chickens which took care of most of their needs. 
It was here their children were born and grew up, 
and as the need for more room occurred, the house 
was added on to. 

The Austin's were blessed with seven children, four 
sons and three daughters. Lee was born May 14, 
1943; Carlo November 30, 1943; Rosilee, August 31, 
1945; Joan, February 17, 1948; John, November 11, 
1950; Ronnie, October 18, 1953; and James (Jim), 
1958. The children all grew up here and graduated 
from Salmon High School except Joan who went her 
senior year in Ogden, Utah; and Rosilee in 
Vancouver, Washington. Lee was killed in an 
industrial accident at Lewiston, Utah in 1963. 

Myrthus milks a few cows, has raised sheep, pigs 
and buffalo. Of all of these ventures, the buffalo 
provided the greatest challenge and made life 
interesting. It required a lot of fence building and 
repairing. Many times they broke away and it was a 
merry chase to get them back. We finally found 
electric fences worked the best. Now they are gone, 
they miss the good old steaks and roasts. They were 
the best. 




FRONT ROW: James Austin MIDDLE ROW: John and Ronnie 
Austin, Lucile Lee Austine BACK ROW: Myrthus Austin, Rosilee 
Austin Waite, Carol Austin, Jeffery, Joan Austin Victor 



Farm life is a busy life with long hours and hard 
work but it is a good life. We love this beautiful valley 
and the wonderful people who live here. There have 
been many changes over the years. Homes now 
cover the countryside. 

— Lucille Lee Austin 

Philo and Elizabeth Austin 

During the year 1936, Philo Austin, his wife 
Elizabeth and three of their sons and their families 
moved from Juniper, Idaho to the Salmon and Lemhi 
Valley. Philo was born in Centerville, Utah and his 
wife Elizabeth at Lewiston, Utah. Philo taught school 
at Dayton, Idaho, served as County Clerk at Logan, 
Utah and then went to Juniper where he taught 
school and dry-farmed. 

On the ranch Philo purchased at Lemhi was a flour 
mill which he planned to put into operation. He hired 
help to get the mill into running order, bought grain, 
flour sacks and what was needed to mill flour and 
cereals. They named it the Lemhi Milling Company 
and chose the Eagle as the brand name of the flour. 
They milled high quality hard wheat flour and 
cereals, but due to the high cost of operation, it 
didn't work out so it was abandoned. 



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In 1937, another son Myrthus came to help his 
father on the ranch. Myrthus remained there for one 
year then he and two of his brothers Clarence and 
Rulon moved to Darby. Montana where they farmed 
for three summers. Matthias moved to Lemhi to 
help his father but later purchased a ranch with his 
brother-in-law Earl Stokes. This ranch was North of 
Salmon and was known as the Railroad Ranch. 
Matthias moved to his ranch at Salmon and his 
three brothers moved back to Salmon. Rulon caught 
cold while driving cattle from Darby to Salmon and it 
later turned into pneumonia. He was taken to 
Blackfoot and spent some time in the hospital but he 
never recovered. He passed away July 4, 1941. 

While living at Darby Myrthus met Lucille Lee of 
St. Ignatius, Montana, whom he later married. Their 
first summer was spent at Lemhi where Myrthus 
helped his brother Clarence run the ranch. 
Clarence's wife developed a health problem and 
needed medical help so they moved to Logan, Utah. 
In the fall, Philo sold the ranch and they all moved 
to Salmon. Myrthus purchased half of his brother 
Matthias' ranch which is home to this day. There 



were no buildings on Myrthus' land so they lived in 
part of his brothers house until he could build. 

Philo and Elizabeth lived with their sons for some 
time then purchased a house on the bar. This was 
not to be their home long, as Elizabeth suffered a 
slight stroke and they moved to Logan, Utah. 
Elizabeth passed away in 1948 after which Philo 
remained in Utah, but spent part of the time visiting 
with his family in Salmon. Besides his two sons, 
Matthias and Myrthus, he had one daughter Mina 
Stokes who lived in Salmon too. 

Philo was a very energetic man and did lots of 
walking and even at eightyseven, could outwalk 
many. In August 1953, Philo was struck by a car and 
killed while visiting in Salmon. Matthias' wife died of 
cancer and he moved to Utah, and Mina Stokes died 
of cancer leaving Myrthus, the only one left in 
Salmon of the original Austin family. 

Philo and Elizabeth left quite a posterity. There are 
still many grandchildren and great-grandchildren 
living in the area who have done much for the 
community. 

— Lucille Lee Austin 




FRONT: Philo Austin, Elizabeth Austin, Matthias Austin BACK: Leila Austin Nelson, Myrthus Austin, Clarence Austin, Elmina Austin Stokes 



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Frank and Margaret Martin Baer 

Frank Baer was born in 1865 in South Bend, 
Indiana. His father was said to have been an 
architect. Frank came to Lemhi County in 1884 at 
the age of nineteen and was a government employee 
in charge of the Agency herd at that time. Sometime 
shortly after 1900 he settled on a ranch on the 
north fork of Boyle Creek, now Tower Creek. He 
applied for the patent on that homestead tract as a 
single man. According to his description the ranch 
lay at the point where the Boyle Creek wagon road 
turns toward Fourth of July Creek, and between the 
ranches of Daniel Mulcihy and H. 0. Billings. 

On April 16, 1906 Frank Baer and Mrs. Margaret 
Martin, a widow, were married in Dillon, Montana. 
Margaret Embley Martin was born August 28, 1869 
in Mendon, Michigan. She married Daniel G. Martin 
and a son, Donald, was born to them on February 
18, 1895. Sometime in 1901 Daniel G. Martin died. 
Following his death, probably in about 1906, Mrs. 
Martin and her son came to Lemhi County. 

After their marriage Frank and Margaret Baer and 
young Donald Martin lived on the Boyle Creek ranch 
and apparently Frank enjoyed doing some 
prospecting in addition to ranching. There is a story 
about a "lost Boyle Creek mine" that may or may 
not be true. It was said that Frank Baer had found 
what he thought to be a good mining site on a ridge 
to the south of the fork of the creek. He started a 
tunnel there and left his tools in it while he went to 
town. He never returned and the site has never been 
located. 

Frank Baer died at the age of forty-three at the 
Kenney Hospital in Salmon, on July 14, 1908. He 
died from complications following pneumonia. His 
obituary described him as highly thought of, honest 
and industrious. It said he left a good ranch, a 
hundred head of cattle and a bank account, all to his 
widow. 

In October 1910 Margaret Baer was granted the 
patent on the 120 acre ranch. The ranch was later 
sold to her sister, Mrs. Verna Kellogg and John and 
Frances Kellogg Jewett. At about that same time 
Mrs. Baer bought the ranch at the top of the east 
fork from her brother Erie Embley. She and her son 
Donald Martin lived there until he went into the 
Army in 1917. He returned to live on the ranch for 
many years. 

At one time Mrs. Baer was cooking for more than 
twenty people at the Pope Shenon Mine and Irene 



Smith Bolander remembers being her helper. She 
later ran the Lemhi Hotel in Salmon. 

Margaret Embley Martin Baer died in January of 
1946 at the Rose Hospital in Salmon. She was 
seventy-six years old. 

— History Committee 




Baer homestead cabin on Boyle Creek ■ 1915 
FRONT: James Kellogg, three Embley children, Verna Kellogg and 
Louella Hamilton. BACK: Donald Martin, Margaret Baer, Frances 
Kellogg, Liza Embley (mother of Margaret Baer, Verna Kellogg, 
Erie Embley and Louella Hamilton), Erie Embley, Lula Thornburg 
Embley and baby, Guy Hamilton, David Kellogg. 



Darrel and Caroline Rice Bagley 

Darrel Bagley was born in December 1926 in 
Colorado, to Arthur and Alice Bagley. He was raised 
on the Eastern Colorado Sandhills Ranch in Wray, 
Colorado, which was homesteaded by his family. 

He served in the U. S. Army during World War II. In 
1944, after returning from the service he leased his 
parents ranch. He and Caroline Ruth Rice were 
married in 1946. Two children were born to them; 
Larry in 1946, and Diann in 1949. Near the end of 
1958 they moved to the western part of the state. 
While there, Darrel was active in the community, 
serving as President of the local Cattlemen's 
Association, Chairman of the County Fair Board, a 4- 
H leader and started the Little Britches Rodeo 
Program. The children were active in 4-H and rodeo. 
Diann won several awards in the Little Britches 
Program. 

They moved to Idaho in 1969, when they 
purchased the Mahaffey Homestead, the Carlson 
Ranch and the Anderson Ranch in Tendoy, Idaho. 

Darrel and Caroline Ruth were later divorced and 
she returned to Colorado. 

Darrel purchased the Ralph Lawrence Ranch in 
1974. That year he and Traudy Zoppoth were 



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married and moved to the Lawrence place. They ran 
a five hundred head cow-calf operation and also 
raised registered Quarter Horses. A large sale barn 
was built and for several years they held an annual 
horse sale. 

The Bagleys enjoyed their horses and were 
actively involved in 4-H and Rodeo events. They 
invited the young people of the community to have 
many events in their arena. 

Darrel worked under a handicap, much to the 
amazement of his associates. In 1960, he was 
dynamiting an ice jam out of the river near his 
home. An accident took off both his hands. He was 
fitted with hooks which he learned to use very 
efficiently. He learned to write, drive, work the 
horses and many other things formerly taken as a 
matter of fact. 

In 1978, Darrel sold the Anderson ranch to his 
daughter Diann and husband, Joe Caywood. He sold 
the Carlson Ranch to his son Larry and wife Eleen. 
Later he purchased the Ball Ranch which was 
nearby. 

Darrel and Traudy decided in 1989 to sell out and 
relocated on a ranch in Nebraska. 

— History Committee 



Anna Bahm 

My great grandfather, Anton Bahm and my great 
grandmother, Anna Bahm, came to America from 
Steinberg, Austria with five children. Anton died and 
my great grandmother later married Herman 
Frederick Carl. They had two children. Several of the 
children of both families made their homes in Lemhi 
County. 

The Carls owned and operated the "Cottage 
House and Livery Stable" in Gibbonsville in the 
1800's, probably in the 1980's or early 1990's. Carl 
was also a shoemaker. He had a log cabin which 
served as a shoe shop where he not only made 
shoes but repaired them and possibly other leather 
goods such as harnesses. The cabin was situated 
beside the main house and remnants were left as 
late as 1922. The main house is still being lived in 
although it has been remodeled. Herman Frederick 
Carl was born on January 16, 1841 and died in 
1917. Anna Bahm Carl was born on February 28, 
1841 and died in 1931. Both are buried in 
Gibbonsville Cemetery. 



— Estella Gae Heidt 



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Anna Bahm 

My grandmother, Anna Bahm, married Christian 
Dellen and they had three children; Magdeline 
(Lena), Frederick and Mae Hazel. Frederick was 
drowned in the Middle Fork on May 26, 1904. Chris 
Dellen was a miner in Gibbonsville and a vocalist. 
Mae was born in Gibbonsville on March 3, 1893. 
Chris Dellen died March 23, 1916. In 1918 Anna 
Bahm Dellen married Otto Silken. They settled in 
Salmon, Idaho and Otto was a custodian for an 
elementary school in Salmon for many years. 

Otto died on December 31, 1937 and Grandma 
Silken died on January 30, 1954. Both are buried in 
Challis, Idaho. 

My grandmother was a very lovely person who 
never said a bad word about anyone. She was a hard 
worker and a very good cook. I remember when she 
had a boarding house in Bonanza, Idaho and I loved 
to sleep in her featherbed. Grandma Silken took 
care of Great Grandma Carl (Anna Bahm Carl), with 
the help of her brother Dan Bahm, until Grandma 
Carl's death in Salmon. 

Grandma Silken spent her last days in Challis, 
Idaho, living with her granddaughter, Helen Burstedt 
and her husband Adrian. 

Fred Carl and his daughter Margaret, Dan Bahm 
and his daughter Frances, all made their homes in 
Salmon, Idaho. 

—Estella Gae Heidt 



Emma Tranter Baird 

Emma Tranter Baird was born in Wombourne, 
England in 1878, the daughter of Joseph and 
Hannah Hall Tranter. Her mother died when she was 
very young and her father brought her to the United 
States. She lived part time with his sister Sarah 
Adams until she was old enough to be with her 
father and her sister Elizabeth. 

She married James Stevenson Baird in Goldfield, 
Nevada, where he worked in the mines. Due to ill 
health, black lung, they went to Twin Falls, Idaho 
and homesteaded a small farm. Jim died at Twin 
Falls leaving Emma with five young children. Her 
father, Joseph, came to live with them. Emma 
worked at various practical nursing and 
housekeeping jobs to help support her family and 
later as a live-in housekeeper when her children 
were on their own. 

She came to the Lemhi Valley in 1942 and lived 
with Jim and Marian Mahoney in Salmon. Jim built 
her a small apartment, next to their house in 
Salmon, where she lived until she died in 1964 at 
the age of eighty-six years. 

— Michael Mahoney 



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Baker 

The first of my ancestors arrived in Lemhi County 
in 1915, when Charles William Baker purchased six 
hundred forty acres on Lee Creek from Gus Mulkey. 
C. W. and his wife, Sarah, had six children; Erwin, 
Alice, John, Emma, Jim and Gene. The family moved 
in 1915, with teams and wagons, from Lewisville. 
Idaho where they had lived since 1898. They had 
moved there from Union Fort, Utah where C. W. was 
born in 1867. 

Bad luck plagued the Bakers from the start. Their 
house burned down and the cattle they bought were 
infected with Bang's disease and lost their calves. C. 
W. would rather dig in the side of a mountain, 
looking for "the pot of gold", than to ranch or farm. 
Sarah "didn't want her daughters marrying cow 
punchers", so in 1916. after only one year in Lemhi 
County, the Baker family sold their ranch to the 
parents of the late Floyd Whittaker and returned to 
Jefferson County. 

Their older daughter, Alice, was courted during the 
short time they were in Lemhi County by the late 
Tom Benedict, who later became one of Lemhi 
County's more successful businessmen. As it turned 
out, none of Sarah's daughters "married well", but 
they did marry often. 

In February, 1934, C. W. and Sarah's son Erwin, 
his wife Gladys and two sons, William N. Baker and 
Newton E. Baker, moved to Kirtley Creek where they 
leased one hundred twenty acres from the late 




Erwin and Gladys Baker ■ 1931 



Bessie O'Connell. As it was still in the depression 
days, their income was quite meager. They milked 
cows and sold the cream to the creamery where 
Salmon Valley Cheese is located today. A case of 
twelve dozen eggs bought eighty-four cents worth of 
groceries, but no cash. As I recall, we lived as well as 
anyone else in the area. 

Newt and I both attended the Kirtley Creek 
School, and our enrollment made fifty pupils with 
one teacher handling all eight grades. She also built 
the fire in the winter and did her own janitorial work. 
It's somewhat different today. 

In November, 1940 the Baker family moved again, 
the final time for my parents, Erwin and Gladys, 
settling on one hundred sixty acres on Poison Creek. 
I was in the tenth grade in Salmon High School when 
we moved to Poison Creek. The following March I 
decided I had learned enough, so terminated my 
formal education at the tender age of thirteen years. 

After moving to Poison Creek the first order of 
business was for Erwin to go to the timber and get 
enough logs for a house. The timber was three miles 
away and the trail only wide enough for one horse. 
He got enough logs for a four room cabin, twenty- 
four by thirty feet, and had it laid up to the square 
by February 1, 1941. 

My brother. Newt, had helped for a short time 
before he joined the Navy in January 1941. This 
pretty well ended Newt's residency in Lemhi County. 
Except for short visits he never returned. He spent 
four years in the Navy, receiving a medical discharge 
in 1945. He joined the Merchant Marine that same 
year and spent some ten years in that service. In 
1973 Newt died and is buried in Ontario, California. 

The family still made our grocery money from 
milking cows for the next couple of years. This 
seemed to be a losing proposition, so for the next 
nineteen years we went into the sheep business. 
This venture proved fairly successful. The family 
lived well and was able to purchase the one hundred 
sixty acres in the Fall of 1946. One of the reasons 
for the success of the sheep operation was that the 
main herder. Bill, worked cheap. Uncle Sam called 
me in the Fall of 1945 and kept me for some sixteen 
months, ten of them in Pusan, Korea. After getting 
my discharge from the Army I returned to the 
Poison Creek Ranch, not much older, but 
considerably wiser. Considering the Army and Korea, 
herding sheep wasn't all that bad. 

Of the original Bakers who came to Lemhi County 
in 1915 and 1934, only two survive. Gene, C. W. and 
Sarah's youngest son, lives in Ontario, California. 
That leaves me, Erwin's youngest son, as the other 
survivor. Erwin died in 1974 and Gladys two years 
earlier. 

It was a half century last November since the 
Bakers first moved to Poison Creek. A barbecue was 
organized by the family and some one hundred 



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twenty persons arrived to take part in tine festivities. 
Furnishing the music was the band of Pinto Bennett, 
a friend of my youngest son, Bob. 

The Bakers haven't left much of a mark in Lemhi 
County, I will admit, however, I have been blessed 
with two fine sons. William Thomas Baker, CPA, who 
lives in Post Falls, Idaho, with his two sons, Andrew 
Thomas and Russell Wayne Baker. Robert Erwin 
Baker, CPA, who lives in Salmon with three children, 
William Robert Baker, Charles Edward Baker and 
Jeana Lee. 

At the present time, my faithful wife, Beverly, and 
I reside in the original log house built in 1940 and 
1941. How long we will be able to survive the 
elements in such primitive surroundings, no one 
knows, and we'll worry about it when the time 
comes. 

—William N. (Bill) Baker 




Erwin Baker 

William N. Baker 

William N. Baker was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, 
the second son of Erwin and Gladys Hallford Baker, 
on July 24, 1927. their older son Newton E. Baker, 
was born in Boise, Idaho on February 1, 1923. 



Bill, as he was known for most of his life, came to 
Lemhi County on February 14, 1934. The family 
settled on Kirtley 

Creek on a leased acreage and both Newt and Bill 
attended the Kirtley Creek School. Times were hard, 
for it was the depression years and a living was 
about all anyone could expect. The Bakers were 
"hard-up", but never really knew it, for everyone 
else was also. 

After several years on Kirtley Creek, with a severe 
lack of water, Erwin had a chance to move to Poison 
Creek where fresh and numerous springs ran 
throughout the year. This was a very attractive 
situation with one exception - how to get Bill to 
school. Newt had joined the Navy and was no longer 
at home. Through good friends. Bill was "farmed 
out" during the week, attended school in Salmon 
and came home on week- ends. This worked for a 
while, but wasn't very feasible. So, at thirteen, in his 
sophomore year, he quit school, ending his formal 
education, but not the learning process. 

Home was, for Bill, the place he belonged to; he 
loved and admired his parents, the things they had 
done and what they were working for. They were, to 
him, what all parents should be, irreplaceable, 
competent, trustworthy and someone you could 
always depend on and look up to. 

Raising cattle didn't seem to work, for it's a steep 
and unforgiving country, but they tried for several 
years. Then the opportunity arose to buy sheep. The 
"woolies" worked out well. Bill is still a great baby- 
sitter, for they survive where cattle starve. 

In 1945 Uncle Sam saw fit to put Bill in the Army 
and he served from September 1945 to February 
1947. After ten months in Pusan, Korea, being a 
poor old "country kid" seemed a very good deal. 

Returning to help his folks on the ranch, tending 
the sheep, he decided to try the timber business for 
a couple of years. This is a very seasonable business 
and wasn't as profitable as he had hoped, so he 
went back to the ranch and all the hard work that 
had to be done. 

About this time, as it happens to all "young 
bucks", Bill walked the hills to Salmon and he will 
have to tell that story! 

In 1950 he went to work for a construction 
company working on the power line that brought the 
present power to Salmon. He spent time in Wolf 
Point, Montana, also Dillon and two weeks in 
Wyoming. The wages weren't great, $1.25 an hour, 
but he made it up to $1.60 and came home with 
some money! 

He married Ciena McDonald on July 5, 1953 and 
they had two sons, William Thomas and Robert 
Erwin Baker. Tom was born March 10, 1954 and Bob 
on August 26, 1956. 

Working wasn't new to Bill and he worked at Idaho 
Forest Products, service stations and tending bar to 



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Sheriff Bill Baker with burglar's vehicle - May 1957 

support his young family, helping his aging parents 
on the ranch whenever he was needed, which was 
quite often. 

The decision to go into law enforcement came and 
he was appointed deputy to Jim Egge in January 
1954. Then he decided, maybe it was a childhood 
calling, to run for Lemhi County Sheriff. He 
campaigned the whole county with one oversight; 
the small town of Gilmore with seven votes. Those 
seven were what he lacked to win the election! 

Experience is a dear teacher and in 1956 Bill made 
sure he covered the whole county and was elected 
to the office. Throughout the years, even though it 
was a two year term, until 1964, he won each 
election with very little problem. The wages were 
poor and the dedication. The places hiked, bodies 
recovered from the river and wrecks, along with the 
people dealt with throughout the years, would fill a 
very large book. 

Bill applied to the FBI in 1963 for appointment to 
the Academy and was accepted if he could pass a 
GED test, as he never graduated from high school. 
The test was passed quite easily and he attended 
the Academy from March to June of 1964. This was 
quite an honor as there were only two sessions a 
year with one candidate from Idaho and Montana 
combined for each session. In a class of ninety-two. 



Bill gained the firearms proficiency award for being 
the best shot in his class. Even though there were 
many who didn't know where Idaho was, they found 
out we weren't the "hicks" we were thought to be. 

On October 21, 1965, one of the most harrowing 
experiences of his life took place. He picked up a 
hitch-hiker, not knowing the man was an escapee 
from a California prison. The fellow had a hidden 
twenty-two automatic pistol and got the drop on Bill. 
He wanted to go to Montana and with a gun in your 
ribs, you pretty well go along. Through quite a lot of 
maneuvering and intelligence, he ran the car off the 
road and managed to flag down a passer-by to get 
back to North Fork where he called other law 
enforcement officers. These calls informed him he 
had encountered a man wanted by the FBI. Agents 
of the FBI were sent in from Butte, Boise, Idaho Falls 
and Bozeman. Whomever was stationed in the Idaho 
and Montana region was called in to the area. After 
five days of hunting in the Lost Trail area for the 
fugitive, he was killed by an FBI agent at Twin 
Creeks. 

The years rolled on and election after election; 
some with opposition and some without. Then after 
twenty-eight years, he received more votes than 
ever before, but still wasn't elected. 

Bill was criticized, by some, for the problems with 
young people. He believed, as his very good friend. 
Bill Lewis did, that you could do more with them, 
trying to understand them, than to "law" them. It 
must have worked, for they are still friends and he 
spoke at their graduations in 1973 and 1974. 

According to when the retirement system was 
initiated into Lemhi County, retirement should have 
been available in 1981. Bill found himself short of 
enough years, so ran for another term. 

Two exceptionally good men served with Bill; 
Glenn Munkres for nineteen years, and Brett 
Barsalou for fourteen years. Glenn never had any 
law enforcement training, but knew people and the 




Sheriff Bill Baker ■ Grand Marshall of Parade - July 1988 



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county like the back of his hand. Brett used the 
common sense that is so necessary to good law 
enforcement. Throughout the thirty-two years as 
Sheriff, Bill felt he was there to serve the people and 
although there were some who thought he was a 
servant, other, in the majority, appreciated his 
efforts all through the years. 

Quite a few years before retirement, a very good 
friend, Elmer Hutchison, sat outside the cabin and 
said, "Sure is peaceable", so in 1989 we retired to 
"Baker's Peaceable Acres". 

One of these years, perhaps Bill will write the 
story. This is a very small portion of the thirty-two 
years as Sheriff of Lemhi County. 

One of the "Good Guys", and often told he really 
looked like a sheriff, Bill still stands six feet four 
inches and is "The Tall Man". 

— Beverly Bean Baker 



Joe and Ann Baldree 

It was November of 1968 that we made the move 
to Salmon from Blackfoot, Idaho. Joe had been 
working so very much in this area: would make the 
trip almost every week because the demand was 
continuous. He set up an office in July of 1968 in the 
old Cavaness Building on Main Street with Marlene 
Williams as his receptionist. We both absolutely 
enjoyed knowing and working with Marlene. She was 
a real joy and so very friendly. 

We were married in June of 1956. By putting his 
five children, Edward, Faye, Shannon, Tim and Phil 
with my three children. Brent, Bart and Richard, the 
total came to eight. Then we had Suzanne and Jeff, 
making a total of ten. My, what a neat family this 
has always been. We have been totally blessed. 
Coming to Salmon were Rich, Suzie and Jeff, while 
Bart stayed in Blackfoot to finish his Senior year in 
high school and all the rest of our family had left the 
roost. 

When we moved here we lived in the old Matthews 
home on Highway 93 North. We had a lot of fun that 
first summer while living there. We had the usual 
flood, had to wade out and the Search and Rescue 
really did support and help us. We learned of white 
raspberries for the first time. We had a little pasture 
for our animals, a big barn with a sign for the local 
swimming pool. We had a lot of family visit us while 
we were there. 

We knew by 1969 that we wanted to stay in 
Salmon. I have to admit that I enjoy the "No wind, 
Florida of Idaho" weather. We bought our home 
here on Williams Creek Road in 1969, which is on 
Williams Creek, with cold running water going right 
through our property. We have made the statement 
that we have the most beautiful property in Lemhi 
County. We have sincerely enjoyed where we live, 



even though it is a long way from where we work, 
almost each day of our lives. One thing Joe and I 
have been able to do is work, but we have had to 
learn to play. As our children have gotten on their 
own, they have shown us that they have known 
"how to play" and this has helped us a great deal. 

Our children Bart, Rich, and Suzie have lived here 
with their families, and have tried to make a living, 
but it has just been too hard and so have moved on 
to other areas. 

At this time we have nine children (losing Jeff in 
1978), thirty-seven grandchildren and eight great 
grandchildren. Our complaint is that we just don't 
see our family enough. 

We are somewhat stressed at this time because of 
the Gulf War, as the news of it is in front of us all the 
time. Our son Tim is over there, and Brent's oldest 
son, Nick, is on his way over. Thank the Lord that 
we have the great faith that we do in knowing that 
no matter what, all will be alright. Tim tells us that 
the LDS Church is very active over in the area he is 
at in Arabia and is so greatful for it. 

We have absolutely loved our home in Salmon. Jeff 
was killed in 1978 and was buried here so of course 
this keeps us here even more. Even though none of 
our children live here anymore they all still consider 
this their home, and say to us, "Surely you would 
never leave Salmon, this is our home". We 
absolutely love it here. 

— Joe and Ann Baldree 



Seth Atwood Ball 

Born in 1839, to Thomas H. and Melinda Ann 
Manfull Ball, eight year old Seth Ball's covered 
wagon trip west, with his family, must have been a 
grand adventure. He traveled from his birthplace, 
Pleasnat Hill, Minnesota, with his parents, 
grandparents, aunts, uncles and his two sisters; Ella, 
age eleven and Emma, age four. They arrived in 
Idaho Territory in 1877. 

At age nineteen seth married Margaret Stobie and 
began a business of supplying Leesburg miners with 
beef on the hoof. During one supply trip to Leesburg, 
Seth encountered a distressed miner who had been 
shot by claim jumpers. Seth wrapped the wounded 
man completely in blankets and rode toward Salmon 
City. Along the trail he met the suspected 
bushwhackers. In answer to their inquiries, he 
explained that he was transporting a sick Chinaman 
to town. He then spurred his way past them and on 
to Salmon. 

Seth later owned a livery stable in Salmon and 
lived in the large frame home that still stands next 
to the back road near Geertson Creek. He also lived 
in what is now known as the Shady Nook. 



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After the turn of the century Seth was appointed 
Deputy Sheriff, but apparently tired of chasing the 
occasional horse thief and turned to ranching. In 
about 1909 he traded the livery stable to Charley 
Snook in exchange for the Indian Reservation land 
Charley had recently acquired when Tendoy's band 
was relocated to Fort Hall. The land was located at 
the mouth of Agency Creek canyon and the fine 
ranch the Balls built there was to remain in family 
ownership until 1965. 

Seth and Margaret Ball had four sons, Guy, Ernest, 
Don and Tom; and three daughters, Estelle 
(Carpenter), Elizabeth (Pattee) and Margaret 
(Morphey). The youngest, Margaret, was born at the 
ranch on Agency Creek. 

Seth, a prominent sheep rancher, served as an 
officer in the Wool Growers Association and was an 
active member of the Masonic Lodge. His skill with 
animals did not transfer to the automobile. His 
Studebaker often failed to make the turn in route to 
the Tendoy Post Office and ended up in Joe Pattee's 
field. 

In his latter years the ranch was operated by his 
son Don. and after Don's death it was purchased by 
his son-in-law, Corliss Morphey. Seth died on the 
ranch in 1952 at the age of eighty three. 

— Jim Morphey 



Thomas H. and Melinda Manful! Ball 

Thomas Ball was born in 1839 in Hanover, Ohio, 
most probably to a shoemaker, Thomas Ball and his 
wife Margaret. Her lived his early life in Carole 
County, Ohio, settling later in Augusta, Ohio with his 
brother, Seth, where they plied their leather trades 
as a saddler and a shoemaker respectively. There, at 
age twent-one, Thomas met and married sixteen 
year old Melinda Ann Manfull. Her parents were 
English Immigrants and her father, Charles, was a 
carpenter. 

The Ball's first years were difficult. Their first child, 
Stephen, died at age one while Thomas was away 
serving with the Union Army during the Civil War. 
After the war they migrated with the Manfull family 
to Pleasant Hill, Minnesota and resided there for 
eleven years. Two daughters, Ella and Emma, and a 
son Seth Atwood Ball, were born in Pleasant Hill. 

In 1877 the Ball and Manfull families loaded their 
belongings into covered wagons and traveled west to 
Idaho Territory, settling for good in Lemhi County. In 
Salmon City Thomas began his harness making 
business. Two more daughters were added to the 
family, Mabel and Josephine. The family lived across 
the street from the present Lemhi County 
Courthouse. 

Mr Ball's harness shop was a favorite stopping off 
place for ranchers' children on visits to the city. A 



granddaughter, Elizabeth, once explained to her 
classmates that her grandfather "peddled a machine 
that made nickels, which he would pull out of your 
ears". 

Thomas Ball was a member of the Civil War 
Veterans group, GAR McPherson Post three. He died 
of cancer at age sixty-six and is buried in the Salmon 
Cemetery. 

— Jim Morphey 




SEATED: Thomas H. Ball, Emma, Ella, Mabel, Josephine, Melinda 
Manfull Ball STANDING: Seth Atwood Ball 



Isaac Ballengee 

My Uncle Ike, known as "Blind Ike", was a man 
who saw more in a world of darkness than most 
people see in a lifetime with perfect vision. He was a 
small man, about five feet three inches tall, but a 
giant in his love for his fellow man. He was wise 
beyond his limited formal education and had a 
tremendous sense of humor and a wit that made 
him a person people enjoyed knowing. In spite of the 
difficulties of his own world he helped many people 
with encouragement, advice or sometimes a meal 
and a few dollars to buy food for their children. 

Isaac Ballengee was born in San Luis Obispo, 
California in July 1879, the seventh of the eight 
children of Samuel Hans Irelan Ballengee and Jane 
Williams, a full blooded Umatilla Indian. When 
civilization came too near, the family moved to 
Northern California and spent a short time in the 
Grass Valley area. Again, it became too crowded for 
Ike's father, a Kentucky mountain man, and they set 
off for Oregon in 1892 and then on the "Old Oregon 
Trail", but heading east instead of west. As they 



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traveled each child was given a job according to his 
abilities. Louisa, seven years older than Ike, was the 
best cook, the other girls took care of the camp, 
gathered wood and fetched water. Stonewall and his 
brother Jim hunted and trapped and Ike tended the 
herd of cattle and horses; which was to be his 
downfall. One day, while rounding up a stray calf, his 
horse slipped and rolled on him. The accident 
caused an injury to the optic nerve and over the 
next few years he gradually went blind. By this time 
the family was living in Lemhi County. 

Most of the time Uncle Ike, Aunt Susan and one of 
their nephews, who drove the old Model T Ford 
Touring car for them, lived on Slate Creek, near 
Lucille, Idaho. Ike gave chiropractic treatments to 
clients from Whitebird to Riggins, and he often 
travelled to Lewiston to work with Dr. M. S. Fife and 
Dr. Masters. They were both chiropractors and 
taught him the finer points of the trade. Dr. Fife said 
Ike had the most sensitive hands he had ever seen 
and credited this to his loss of sight, thereby 
creating a greater sense of touch. 

After a few years, the whole family packed up and 
returned to Lemhi County, living on Boyle Creek 
(now Jovjer Creek), Fourth of July Creek, Carmen 
Creek and finally on the Buckhorn Ranch Between 
North Fork and Gibbonsville, where I joined them in 
the spring of 1933. I learned to drive and took 
Uncle Ike on his rounds to treat people with 
chiropractic manipulations, hot packs and message. 
His desire to help others drove him to learn more 
and improve his skills. He shared his talents with 
many people, treating sprained knees, ankles, backs, 
sore muscles, headaches, etc. His pay was 
sometimes a chicken, a few eggs, produce, or just a 
heartfelt, "Thanks". He never refused a person in 
need. 

Ike's sister Susan dedicated her life to caring for 
her blind brother, never marrying. They enjoyed 



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simple things, among which was an evening of 
music. Ike would pull out the old "Lion Head" violin 
and some times Susan would play her guitar or 
accordian. Both were self taught and never read a 
note of music. Ike said he was a fiddler - you had to 
have an education to be a violinist. They often 
played for dances at the old Fourth of July 
schoolhouse. 

Ike lived at the Silbaugh Home in Salmon during 
his last few years. On December 10, 1958 he died at 
the age of seventy-nine. He is buried in the Salmon 
Cemetery. 



— Irv Fating 



Samuel Hance Irian Ballengee 



A Carlin boy, Isaac "Ike" Ballengee and Susan Ballengee 



Born in the mountains of Kentucky in June of 
1826, Samuel Ballengee, was a hunter and trapper 
before he came to the West. For a time he lived in 
Missouri where he said he knew the James boys, but 
never joined in any of their exploits. After leaving 
Missouri he shipped out on a merchant vessel and 
sailed around the horn, eventually to San Francisco. 
From there he headed for the Oregon Territory 
where he met Jane Williams, a full blooded Umatilla 
Indian, born near Salem, Oregon in December of 
1843. They married and returned to California where 
their first child Ellen Ballengee was born in July 1864 
at Mission San Luis Obispo, California. In July 1869 
Margaret was born, and in August 1870, a son, 
Stonewall Jackson Ballengee was born. Then came 
Nancy in October 1872, Louisa in December 1874, 
Susan in August 1876, Isaac in July 1879 and James 
in October 1880. All were born in California in the 
San Luis Obispo area. 

Always seeking the outposts of civilization the 
family camped in remote areas and when the 
nearest neighbor was less than a days walk away, it 
was time to move on. Thus it was that they left the 
San Luis Obispo area and settled for a time in Grass 
Valley California. In 1892 they moved their camp to 
Oregon for some time, before beginning their 
reverse trek on the Oregon Trail, eventually coming 
to Idaho in 1897. Since Samuel Ballengee is said to 
have been an avid reader and particularly well 
informed in history, it is thought that the tales of 
Lewis and Clark perhaps inspired him to settle in 
Idaho, the wildest of country at the time. 

The family made their home in the canyon of the 
Salmon River at first. They never maintained what 
most people would call a real home, and camped 
wherever their fancy led them, living in Indian 
fashion. In 1900 they were living on the East fork of 
Boyle Creek about two miles above the fork of the 
creek. A small family cemetery remains there today 
with a stone inscribed "Ballengee Family". There 



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was once a small cabin also, but nothing is left of it. 
They lived in various places after that and some of 
the children married and had children of their own, 
but the family remained close knit. 

Margaret became Margaret Whipple and had a son 
named James. Nancy married David W. Thornburg 
on August 19, 1904 and they had a son, Dan 
Thornburg. Louisa married James Huffman on April 
3, 1899 and later Mr. Faling. They had four sons, 
Joseph, Floyd, Clarence and Irving Faling. Ellen 
Ballangee died in June 1905 after a long illness and 
is buried in the family cemetery at Boyle Creek, now 
Tower Creek. Susan never married, preferring to 
look after her brother, Ike, who was blind. Stonewall 
and James never married. James died in California in 
about 1946. Stonewall died in Salmon in 1956. Isaac 
died in Salmon in 1958. 

Samuel Ballengee was living at North Fork in 
September of 1916, his wife Jane having died some 
years before. They were devoted to each other for 
as long as she lived and she is buried in the 
Ballengee Cemetery on Tower Creek. He remained 
remarkably active to the end of his life, doing odd 
jobs for the people around North Fork. At the age of 
ninety Samuel Ballengee died at North Fork on 
October 3, 1916. 



told Hovey to keep his hand off his gun. Hovey was 
angry, and calling Ballengee an insulting name, 
started to draw his rifle from the scabbard. 
Ballengee fired his rifle from the hip and Vivian 
Hovey fell dead from his horse, a bullet through his 
right eye. Stonewall, seemingly, disappeared into the 
mountains. 

Sheriff Stroud and Deputy Ferrill Terry and a 
posse persued him for three days, while at night, 
Susan and Ike Ballengee stole out of the cabin to 
take food to Stonewall, who was nearby. Preparing 
for a long seige, they collected a supply of Cayene 
Pepper to cover their tracks from the expected 
blood hounds. On the fourth day Stonewall was 
taken into custody after he gave himself up to his 
brother Jim and Ed Allen the Forest Ranger at 
Indianola. In fact, he said he would have surrendered 
to Sheriff Stroud, whom he respected, if he had 
known that it was Stroud who was riding a horse 
Stonewall recognized as one of the Hovey's horses. 

On October 19, 1916 Stonewall Ballengee was 
convicted of voluntary manslaughter, and was 
sentenced to from five to ten years at Boise State 
Penitentiary. He told a reporter that it would be 
hard to be confined, having lived all his life in the 
open. 



— Irv Faling 



Stonewall Jackson Ballengee 



He was nearly seventy-seven years old when he 
returned to Lemhi County and surrendered to the 
law. After twenty-eight years of living as a fugitive, 
he was granted a full pardon by the Governor and 
lived out most of the remainder of his life in a small 
cabin in the mountains near Salmon. 

Born in San Luis Obispo, California in August 1870, 
Stonewall Ballengee was the son of Kentuckian 
Samuel Hance Irelan Ballengee and Jane Williams, a 
full blood Umatilla Indian from Oregon. The family 
first came to Lemhi County in 1897 and lived on 
Boyle Creek in 1900. 

It was August of 1916 when Stonewall shot young 
Vivian Hovey at Sage Creek, down the Salmon River. 
The forty-six years old Stonewall had settled on a 
piece of land there about three years previously, and 
had fenced an area that included his garden. When 
the Hovey brothers attempted to drive their father's 
cattle through to their summer range, he stopped 
them at the gate. Twenty-one year old Vivian Hovey 
was determined to go through, as they had done the 
previous year when Ballangee had not been there to 
stop them. Also present were Isaac and Susan 
Ballengee, a brother and sister, who testified that 
Stonewall told Hovey he could not run the stock 
through his garden and meadow. Three times, he 








Joseph Faling, Isaac "Blind Ike" Ballengee, Stonewall Jackson Bal- 
lengee. 

Stonewall was a model prisoner and was a trustee 
working on a nearby farm when he and fellow 
prisoner Frank Harp "left without giving their 
intended address", as the \6aho Recorder put it. The 
untold story is that during World War I a rumor 
circulated in the prison that prisoners would be 
conscripted and sent to the front lines without any 
training. Stonewall later told his nephew that he'd 
had all of the killing that he ever wanted and would 
only take up a gun in self defense or for food. He 
said he wasn't mad at anybody and didn't know 
anything about the war; and so he left. 

As was suspected, he went to the mountains he 
loved and knew so well. He met up with his brother 
Jim somewhere in the mountains and they traveled, 
mostly on foot, on a very long trek over the old 



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Oregon trail. They finally settled in the vicinity of 
Grass Valley, California, where they lived off the 
land, hunting and trapping, in the remote back 
country. For many years members of the family in 
Idaho would make brief, secretive trips to visit them. 

Jim Ballengee died in California in 1946 or 1947 
and it was then that Stonewall decided to return to 
Salmon and turn himself in. He received a full 
pardon. 

Stonewall Ballengee died on September 9, 1956 at 
the Silbaugh Home where he had lived since 1953. 
He is hurried in the Potters Field section of Salmon 
Cemetery. 



— Irv Faling 
— History Committee 



Barnett 



George Barnett, born May 27, 1828, and Mary Ann 
Matthews, born June 30, 1831, were both natives of 
Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire, England and were married 
in 1850. To them were born five children, all in 
Wiltshire, England. The family came to the United 
States and arrived in Pleasant View, Weber County, 
Utah around the end of 1864. Mary Matthews 
Barnett had died at Blade Butte, Wyoming, enroute 
to Utah, On October 14, 1864, leaving a husband 
and five children. 

The eldest of the children was Lorenzo Alma 
Barnett who was born August 8, 1851 in England. On 



October 5, 1874 he married Mary Ellen Wade. 
Lorenzo and Mary had seven children: Henry, Art, 
Dan, Ellen, Will, Lucy and Wren. Henry, Art, Dan, 
Ellen and Will later lived in Lemhi County, ranching 
on property that they homesteaded in the Hayden 
Creek Basin. Headstones for most of these people 
can be found in the older section of the Salmon 
Cemetery. 

Lorenzo and Mary Barnett moved their family from 
Utah to Fort Lemhi in about 1885, and ranched 
there. Their son Henry attended school at Fort 
Lemhi and it had been said that his mother taught 
school on the reservation, teaching both Indian and 
white children. In 1911 Henry Barnett married Pearl 
Elliot. 

Pearl Elliot was a mail order bride from Portland, 
Oregon and Henry drove to Armstead, Montana with 
a horse and buggy to meet her when she arrived by 
train. Henry and Pearl had one daughter, Blanche 
Elmira Barnett, born on February 6, 1913. Blanche 
was born at Tendoy, in a log cabin on what was later 
the Mahaffey ranch. The cabin has recently been 
torn down. 

Blanche grew up and attended school at Tendoy. 
Henry and Pearl later divorced and Blanche spent 
some of her younger years between Tendoy and 
Portland, Oregon, where her mother lived. Later 
Blanche worked in Utah and then in California at 
Lockheed Aircraft During World War II. She married 
Clifford Gayle Fisher in 1931 in Los Angeles, 
California and to them was born one son, Larry C. 




sfj -rt-«?- 



Two unidentified women, Mary Ellen Wade Barnett & Lorenzo Barnett - Ca. 1890 



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Fisher, on July 31. 1933. On September 20. 1942 
Blanche married Ralph Cottrell. 

Ralph and Blanche came to Salmon in 1945. 
buying a ranch with her father. Henry Barnett. on 
Boyle Creek (Tower Creek). The one hundred sixty 
acres was originally homesteaded by Margaret Baer 
in 1911. Ralph and Blanche later bought Henry's 
share of the ranch, living there until Blanche's death 
in 1978. They raised cattle, hay, gardened and raise 
chickens. They lived in the old log house that had 
been built with the original homestead. It had two 
rooms with a bedroom that was later added on. 
There was no running water; it was carried from 
Boyle Creek. In the late 1950's a well was dug and 
water put into the house and also electricity in 1949 
or 1950. Much of their food came from Blanche's 
garden, which she canned, along with fruit from the 
orchard, wild game, chickens that were butchered as 
needed, cows were milked and they had their own 
eggs. 

Larry went to grade school at the Boyle Creek 
School and can remember many a cold winter 
morning when they were up early to feed, before he 
walked the two and a half miles to school. 

In 1958 Larry married Karel James, daughter of 
Gordon and Alice Kohl James. Larry worked for the 
Bureau of Public Roads, the family living in four 
different states following road jobs until the children 
were of school age. At that time they returned to 
Salmon. Three children were born to Larry and 
Karel: Ronald Fisher, who has a daughter named 
Lisa; Kristina Fisher, who married Jason Lynch and 
has two boys, Jason and Patrick; and Jeffrey Fisher, 
who died in 1984. 

— Karel Fisher 

Arthur Herbert and 

Ann Josephine DeCora Barnett 

Arthur "Art" Herbert Barnett Sr. was born on May 
11, 1877 in Hooper. Utah. He was the son of 
Lorenzo Alma Barnett and Mary Ellen Wade. He 
came to Lemhi Valley when he was nine years old. 

Art owned a three hundred twenty acre ranch in 
Tendoy, Idaho. It was located on the Indian 
reservation. He ranched there and raised his family. 
He was well respected in the neighborhood. He 
loved horses and especially loved to race them when 
he was young. A favorite entertainment was for he 
and his neighbors to race their horses against the 
Indians. 

In later years he always tried to keep a horse or 
two around that he could take to the Lemhi County 
Fair races. He was known as one of the best 
irrigators in the Valley, and the neighbors said that 
he could make water run uphill. 




Arthur H. Barnett Sr. & Anna DeCora Barnett 

Arthur Barnett Sr. married Anna Josephine DeCora 
on July 16. 1916. She was the daughter of Charles V 
DeCora and Amanda Jones. To this union four 
children were born: Arthur Herbert Jr., December 4, 
1918; Mary Amanda. December 18, 1920; Berna 
Mae, July 9. 1923; and Ethelyn Anna, Ocotber 9, 
1925. Arthur and Anna were later divorced. 

Arthur Jr. married Lila Stroud; Mary married 
Charles Byrne, and their children were Charles A. 
Jr., Sharon and Kathy; Berna Mae married Leon 
Wadsworth and they have two daughters, Beverly 
and Shirley; Ethelyn married Willie R. Marcum and 
had a daughter Cheryl, who married Richard Kauer. 

Anna later married D. R. Stevens and a daughter, 
Donna Rae, was born to them. Anna died April 18, 
1965 in Salem, Oregon. She is buried in the Salmon 
Cemetery. 

Art died in Portland, Oregon on December 18, 
1971 at the age of ninety-four. He is buried in the 
Salmon Cemetery. 

— Lila Driver 



ROCKY MOUNTAIN LODGE NO. 5. 

1. O. O. F. 

Regular meetings every Saturday night at 
8 o'clock at their nail, in Salmon City, until 
further notice. 

W. II. BUCIIANNAN, N. G. 

R. R. Dodge, Secretary. 



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Arthur Herbert and 
Lila Stroud Barnett 

Arthur Herbert Barnett Jr. was born on December 
4, 1918 at Tendoy, Idaho. He was the son of Arthur 
H. Barnett Sr. and Ann J. DeCora. 

Herb attended Tendoy Elementary School in 
Tendoy, Idaho and one year of High School in 
Salmon, Idaho. 

He married Lila Pearl Stroud in Salmon December 
14, 1940. Lila is the daughter of Glenn A. Stroud and 
Lora Pearl Cork. To this union three daughters were 
born: Darlene Pearl on December 29, 1941, Dixie 
Lea on September 1945, and Wendy Jo on October 
18, 1954. 

Herbert was born in the house on the ranch which 
he bought in 1945 from his father. He lived his 
whole life in this house. He loved his horses and 
cattle. He loved to ride the range with his neighbors 
and care for the cattle out in the hills. He was an all 
around cowboy. He could ride 'em or rope 'em, and 
broke his own horses. He loved to hunt and fish. He 
was an excellent dancer. He was loved by all his 
friends and neighbors, and was always ready and 
willing to help any of them. He was held in high 
esteem by all who knew him. 

Herbert worked around the neighborhood and ran 
his own ranch. He was a member of the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served as 
Master of the Lemhi Grange for several years and 




was Master of the Pomona Grange for several years. 
He was Deputy for Idaho State Grange also. 

A daughter, Darlene, married Don Nelson on July 
30, 1965. They have three sons: Verdon, Dustin, and 
Clifton. Verdon is in the Navy on the nuclear ship the 
USS Nimitz. Dustin and Clifton are still in school. 

Dixie is married to Steven Jenkins and they have 
two children: Ross H Campbell Jr and Kristal Lea 
Duval. 

Wendy Jo is married to Sam Warren and has a 
daughter Brandy Jo Kunkel. 

Herbert Barnett Jr died on May 15, 1979 at 
Salmon, Idaho of cancer. He is buried in the Salmon 
Cemetery. Lila is presently living in Twin Falls, Idaho 
and she does the bookkeeping for the Kimberly 
Senior Center there. 

— Lila Driver 




Lila Pearl Stroud Barnett & Arthur Herbert Barnett Jr 



Robert G. Barningham riding Ernie, a saddle mule. 

Robert B. Barningham 

Robert G. Barningham was born on December 20, 
1958 in Pocatello. and was raised at Shady Cove, 
Oregon. He graduated in the top ten percent of his 
high school class at Eagle Point in 1977. 

He worked as a chef in Oregon and at Western 
Electric in Boise. In the summer of 1983 he went to 
Merritts Guide School and then returned to Boise 
where he was hired by Bud Lesley of Eakin Ridge 
Outfitters as a guide and packer for the fall season. 
Afterward he went back to Boise and was again hired 
for the next fall. He left again and came back in the 
spring, working full time, year round and has been 
here ever since. 



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Bob is considered by many to be one of the top 
guides in the state of Idaho. He has served a past 
president of the Salmon River Longears Club, is on a 
city pool league, is an avid bowhunter and 
fisherman. He likes to hunt and fish, anywhere, 
anytime of the year. 

Bob is a member of the Idaho Outfitters and 
Guides Association, the Salmon River Chapter of 
Outfitters and Guides, and the Salmon River 
Longears Association. 

— Robert G Barnlngham 
— Gay la Leslie 

John, Alexander and 
George Barrack 

John Barrack was born on January 5, 1842 in 
Drumoak, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, the son of 
Alexander Barrack and Margaret Watson. He came 
to America at the age of twenty-one and stayed with 
his uncle in Illinois for some time, then crossed the 
plains to Utah in 1864. He was engaged in freighting 
to Oregon and later to Alder Gulch, Montana. He 
came to Leesburg, Idaho in 1866 and located placer 
claims on Napias Creek. He constructed the first 
whip saw pit for sawing lumber for mining purposes. 

George Barrack, a brother of John Barrack was 
born June 15, 1849. Alexander (Sandy) Barrack, 
another brother, was born in August of 1845. George 
and Alexander were associated with John in his 
business of farming, milling flour, freighting and 
mining for some time. In 1897 George went to 
Alaska and was well known in mining affairs. He 
married Ella Bell. George died in Seattle, Washington 
in 1920. 

Alexander was well known in Salmon. He owned a 
planing mill and machine shop on Main Street. About 
the year 1900, he moved his mill and machine shop 
to Alaska and later died of pneumonia at Fairbanks, 
Alaska in 1915. 

John Barrack, in about 1872, built a flour mill to 
grind wheat. It was the first mill built with the 
exception of one of a similar kind built by the 
Mormons at Fort Lemhi in 1857. Within a few years 
John Barrack erected the Barrack flour mill which 
was up to date in every way and was able to grind all 
the wheat raised in Lemhi Valley during the next 
twenty years. It was destroyed by fire in 1895, 
causing a great financial loss to him. John Barrack 
was truly a pioneer in industry. He built the first two 
flour mills. He brought to the county the first 
threshing machine and many other things including 
the first steam engine and farm machinery. 

In 1897 John Barrack left Salmon after going 
broke by paying high interest and getting a low price 
for his cattle. He worked his way on a steamer to 
Alaska as a firemen. While in Alaska he endured 



many hardships and difficulties. In Fairbanks, he 
opened the first blacksmith shop. It was later to be 
known as Samps Hardware Company. In the year 
1907 he was elected Mayor of Fairbanks in a hotly 
contested election. At that time Fairbanks was a city 
of ten thousand. 

John Barrack was married in 1883 to Josephine 
Johnson, sister to Isaac Johnson, a well known 
pioneer of Lemhi County and a Civil War veteran. 
They had two children, James E. Barrack and Alta 
Barrack Burnam, who after years of sickness passed 
away at Monroe, California in 1919. 

John Barrack's Josie kept living on the ranch 
about eight miles up the Lemhi River from Salmon, 
for several years. Mrs Barrack kept a home for the 
indigent. This ranch was homesteaded by John 
Barrack shortly after he came to Lemhi County. Mrs. 
Josie Barrack moved to Salmon after leaving the 
ranch. She lived alone the last twenty years. Her 
son, James E. Barrack was well known in Salmon 
and a native of Lemhi County. He moved to Alaska 
in the year 1900. He mined in the Klondike and later 
moved to Fairbanks, where he was well known in 
mining and business circles. He was the first 
commercial shipper of automobiles to the interior of 
Alaska and helped in the establishment of 
commercial aviation to the remote parts of the 
territory. The James Barrack family owned 
controlling interest in the Bank of Alaska. His wife's 
name was Ruth. He died in Seattle, Washington. 

John Barrack died in an unavoidable automobile 
accident in Azusa, California on May 26, 1928. 
Josephine Barrack died at the home in Salmon on 
December 29, 1946. 

William Barrack and Barbara Barrack McNicoll 
were also their brother and sister. 

— LaVonne J. Bartschi 



William and Grace Barrack 

William Barrack was born in Drumoak, 
Aberdeenshire, Scotland on March 7, 1852 and died 
in Salmon, Lemhi County, Idaho on January 28, 
1889. He was the son of Alexander Barrack and 
Margaret Watson. He learned the stone cutting trade 
when a mere lad, and in 1872 worked in the Dix 
Island granite works, cutting stone for he New York 
Post Office Building. In 1875 he returned to Scotland 
where he remained only a few months. He returned 
to America to become one of her citizens. This time 
he landed in San Francisco, California. Here he 
obtained work on the Brokers Exchange Building. 

In 1876 he came to Lemhi County and in 1877 
went to Ogden, Utah, to meet Miss Grace Grant Gill, 
who came from his old home in Scotland. They were 
married in Ogden, July 19, 1877. He returned with 



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his bride to Salmon City at the time of the Nez 
Perce Indian outbreak, and narrowly escaped being 
massacred on Birch Creek by those Indians. He 
settled on a ranch twenty miles north of Salmon 
City, where he lived at the time of his death. William 
Barrack left a wife and three daughters; Margaret, 
Grace and Dora. He also left four brothers and four 
sisters and many friends to mourn him. His obituary 
said that "Consumption made him its victim. For 
three years he has not been able to work. His heroic 
wife has during these years, not only administered to 
his comfort, but amid difficulties known only to 
herself maintained the family. His funeral took place 
on February 1, 1889 in the M E Church under the 
auspices of the Lemhi Lodge #11 A F and A M of 
which he was an honored member. The funeral was 
one of the largest ever witnessed in the county." 

Grace Grant Gill Barrack was born in Newhills, 
Aberdeenshire, Scotland on March 28, 1849, the 
daughter of William Gill and Jean Duncan. After the 
death of William Barrack, she married Thomas 
Harvey. She died in Salmon, Idaho on February 14, 
1896. 

William and Grace Barrack had three daughters. 
The eldest was Margaret Watson Barrack, born 
February 25, 1881 in Salmon. Whe married Charles 
Barrett Jenson on December 12, 1900. He died May 
31, 1943. They had three children; Alice Blanche, 
Edward Charles and Walter Barrett. She died on July 
31, 1963 in Challis, Idaho where she had lived since 
being married. 

Grace Georgina Barrack was born January 28, 
1883 in Salmon and married Williwm KesI in Salmon 
on August 20, 1903. Grace died July 9, 1905 leaving 
one small son, Thomas KesI. 

Dora Barrack was born in Salmon on august 28, 
1885. She married Louis Mower and had four 
children; Clara, George, Rodney and Eunice. Dora 
died in San Jose, California on August 28, 1953, 
where she is buried next to her second husband, 
Rodger Brasseur, who died in 1957. 

— LaVonne Jenson Bartschi 



Michael and Irene K. Barrett 

Michael Francis Barrett was born in St. Cloud, 
Minnesota on February 21, 1893, the son of Mike 
and Mary Carroll Barrett. At an early age he moved 
with his family to Sisseton, South Dakota where he 
received much of his education. At age seventeen, 
he lost his left arm below the elbow in a corn 
shredder accident, but went on to graduate from 
Austin, Minnesota College. He married his school 
sweetheart, Irene Kimball, daughter of Jake and 
Lydia Kimball. After teaching in Minnesota and South 
Dakota, the couple moved to Gull Lake, 




Mike Barrett - age 18 & Irene Kimball Barrett - age 18 

Saskatchewan where Mike learned the mortician 
trade. Their first child, Evelyn, was born there. They 
returned to the United States at the beginning of 
World War I. Mike farmed and continued to teach 
school. His jobs took him to New Castle and Casper, 
Wyoming; Phoenix, Arizona; and to Rupert and 
Pocatello, Idaho. 

The Pocatello-Lemhi Mining Company and C. N. 
Friday brought the Barretts to Leadore in 1926. 
Mike developed a great interest in and knowledge of 
rock formations and mining and promoted that 
industry. By that time they had six children; Evelyn, 
Vivian, Viola, LeRoy, and the twins, Calvin and 
Melvin. Frances, the youngest, was born at Junction 
in 1928. Today she lives near Gillette, Wyoming. All 
the others are retired and live in Lemhi County. 

Mike purchased a ranch on Timber Creek and one 
on Tex Creek. He also created extra jobs to provide 
for his family. He built an ice pond and sold blocks of 
ice. He cut timber and sold cord wood and poles. He 
served many years as water master for the Lemhi 
River and tributaries and was respected for his 
knowledge and fairness. Mike served as Constable 
and maintained law and order at Leadore. For 
several years, he was foreman of the State Highways 
28 and 29 and successfully maintained them. When 
the Bureau of Land Management was first organized, 
Mike was in charge of range allotments. 

Being civic minded, Mike participated in the 
betterment of the community and the schools. He 
served as school trustee and clerk for over twenty 
years. Through his efforts Leadore School had the 
longest school bus route in the United States, 
enabling students from Baker, Sandy Creek, Tendoy 
and up the Lemhi to attend high school. This got 
Leadore School out of debt, improved the faculty 
and the academic and athletic programs and the 
school rating. For over twenty years Mike presented 
the diplomas to the graduates. 



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During the depression he was administrator of the 
Public Welfare allotment, the Works Projects 
Administration and the National Youth Administration 
at Leadore. During this time he supervised the 
remodeling of the school building, constructing 
pillars which braced the outer walls and installed 
bath rooms and the furnace. 

At many of the community functions and 
memorials Mike served as Master of Ceremonies. He 
and Clara Proulx chartered the Leadore Grange and 
Mike served as Master. He was Senior Judge for 
many years on the election board and he received a 
citation from President Eisenhower for helping to 
bring television to the area. He surveyed and was 
instrumental in starting the Magic Valley-Salmon 
Falls Reservoir Project. 

The Barretts believed in the Golden Rule. They 
cared for the living, sat with the sick, and buried the 
dead. Mike dug the graves for many years with pick, 
shovel and dynamite. He also made arrangements at 
the County Poor Farm for the sick and helpless. An 
extra plate was always set at the Barrett table to 
accomodate anyone who might stop by. 

Mike was a member of the Catholic Church, the 
Knights of Columbus, the Leadore Grange, the 
Casper Eagles and Elks and many organizations. He 
was honest, ambitious, dependable, intelligent and a 
born leader. 

Irene Kimball Barrett was a beautiful wife, mother, 
neighbor and citizen. She instilled in her children a 
love of music and the arts. She played for many 
dances while her husband called the Square Dances 
and Virginia Reels. Their home was a happy place 
and the welcome mat was always out. 

— The Barrett Family 

Barrow Family 

George Barrow was born in England around 1850 
and was a butcher by trade. He arrived in Lemhi 
County, Idaho after first emigrating to Canada. His 
first wife ran a boarding house at Nicholia and he 
furnished work horses for the mines at Nicholia and 
Gilmore. In 1895 George married Anna Mary Olstead 
at Metlen's House in Dillon, Montana. Anna Mary was 
from a family of twelve in Red Wing, Minnesota and 
had come west to Montana. She was working at the 
Metlen house when she and George met and 
married. George and Anna Mary ranched on the U 
Bar, south of Leadore, raising horses and cattle. 
George continued to sell horses to the mines in the 
area and purchased only the best draft stallions. He 
sold butchered beef to the merchants in Salmon and 
took a wagon load to sell twice a year, bringing back 
with him a six months supply of staples for the 
ranch. 



George and Anna Mary had four children; George, 
Mary or Marie, Ruth Purcella, named for the 
Purcells, and Florence. The Barrows eventually sold 
one hundred sixty acres of the U Bar to George 
Smith and the two families grew up together. 
Winters in the upper Lemhi were so severe that 
sometimes the children attended summer school, 
but Ruth told of a time when their "school bus", a 
sheep wagon with sleigh runners and complete with 
stove, got lost in a blizzard and didn't get the 
children home until daylight the next day. At one 
time George Barrow, Claude Benson, George 
Yearian, N. F. Carlson and Rock Vezina were 
trustees of the school at Bannister. 

George developed heart trouble, so he, Anna Mary 
and their young daughters spent several months in 
California about 1910 or 1911, leaving young George 
in charge at the U Bar. George Barrow subsequently 
died there and is buried at the Rosedale Cemetery in 
Los Angeles, California. 

Young George Barrow married Florence Vezina and 
had two daughters, Rosealie and Ann. George was 
killed in Leadore in 1941. Florence and her 
daughters still maintain the Barrow home in Clark 
Addition in Leadore. Marie married Oscar Carlson 
and had four children; Ella, Ruth, Fred and Arlene. 
The Carlsons moved to Twin Bridges, Montana in the 
early 1940's. Ruth married Henry Benson and had 
six children. Florence married Emil Burch and had 



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George Barrow, Leadore 



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Anna Mary Olstead Barrow 

five children, making their home in Spokane, 
Washington. 

Anna Mary survived her husband by several years 
and died in the early 1930's. The U Bar, still a vital 
and productive ranching operation, is now owned by 
James Whittaker. 



— EInora Isley 



Owen Levern Barrus 



Owen Levern "Dad" Barrus was born March 21, 
1878 in Grantsville, Utah. He was the son of Owen 
Henry Barrus and Olive Deseret McBride. He was 
married first to Frances Maude Cooke. 

Frances Maude Cook came to the United States 
from London, England at the age of four. Her 
parents, George Cook and Sarah Port, settles in 
Grantsville, Utah for a few years and then went to 
Oakley, Idaho. It was here that she met and married 
Owen Barrus. She had nine children: Sarah 
Henrietta, George Golden, Olive Myrtle, Hamilton 
LaVern, Garnet, Ross Alma, Owen Max, Earl E. and 
Baby Barrus. who died at birth. In May of 1922 
Frances Maude died and was buried in Burley, Idaho 
beside their five sons. 

0. L. Barrus left Burley at this time and moved to 
Grantsville, Utah where he met and married Elsie 
Johnson on August 25, 1925 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
To this union two children were born: A son, Jay, 



who lived to be ten years old; and a daughter, Elsie 
Noreen, now married to Paul Pollei. 

0. L. Barrus and his wife, Elsie, arrived in Salmon 
to make their home about 1930. Dad Barrus, as he 
was called, followed the painting trade. Later he 
entered into Real Estate and the last year of his life 
he was affiliated with F. W. Moultrie in his office. He 
was a Justice of the Peace. He was active in the 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was 
on the Stake Sunday School Board, Stake High 
Priest Quorum Committeeman, Superviser of Ward 
Teaching, Tenor soloist in the Stake Choir and a 
Choir Leader. 

Owen Lavern Barrus died after a short illness on 
January 7, 1947 in Salmon, Idaho and is buried in 
the Salmon Cemetery. 

— Noreen Pollei 




FRONT: Hamilton Barrus, "Dad" Barrus, Gloria Barrus. BACK: Gold- 
en, Maude, Sarah Barrus. 



Brett S. and Donna Barker Barsalou 

Brett S. Barsalou was born January 9, 1949 in 
Salmon, to Frank S. Barsalou and Isabelle J. Bartlett. 
He attended public schools in Salmon and graduated 
from high school in 1967. Following graduation he 
went to Seattle, Washington where he was employed 
by the Boeing Aircraft Company. He was on the 



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production crew of the first 747 Jumbo Jet. Brett 
returned to Idaho in 1968 to attend Idaho State 
University. In November of 1968 he enlisted in the 
U. S. Army and was stationed in Fort Lewis, 
Washington and Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he trained 
as an artilleryman. Brett served two combat tours in 
Vietnam. After returning home from the Army he 
returned to Idaho State University where he majored 
in education. 

In November 1972 Brett went to work for the 
Salmon Police Department as a patrol officer. He 
was promoted to Sergeant in 1973 and graduated 
from the Idaho Peace Officers Training Academy. At 
the time he was the youngest police sergeant in the 
state of Idaho, at age twenty-four. In 1974 he served 
as acting chief of police for a short time. In August 
1974 Brett accepted the Deputy Sheriff position 
under long time Lemhi County Sheriff, William N. 
Baker. During 1976 Brett was granted a leave of 
absence to attend Lewis & Clark State College where 
he earned a degree in Criminal Justice. He returned 
to his Deputy Sheriff duties in January of 1977. 

During the summer of 1977 Brett met Donna L. 
Barker of Butte Montana. Brett and Donna, known 




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Brett S. Barsalou 



as "Squeak", were married in Butte on August 24, 
1978. 

Donna Lee Barker was born in Helena, Montana on 
September 21, 1960. She is the daughter of David 
Lee and Nancy Ann Carver Barker of Butte, 
Montana. Donna went to public schools in Butte and 
graduated high school in 1978. Donna was active in 
4-H, rodeo club and swim team all through high 
school. After moving to Salmon in 1978 Squeak went 
to work for Dr. Cope at the Blue Cross Vet Clinic 
where she worked for almost three years. 

Brett and Squeak's first daughter, Tessa Kristine, 
was born April 10, 1981. Tessa is a good student in 
school. She enjoys reading, drawing and riding 
horses. A second daughter, Rebecca Leighanne 
Barsalou was born on May 13, 1983. Becky is also 
an excellent student and she too enjoys reading, 
drawing, and riding. Squeak has been an active 
leader in 4-H, leading Horse 4-H and leather craft. 

In 1984 Squeak started working part time for the 
Sheriff's office doing drivers licenses and 
dispatching. In January of 1988 she went to work for 
the Lemhi County Clerk, working part time in the 
Lemhi County Welfare office and part time in the 
Clerk's office until October 1990 when she went to 
work for Lemhi County Agent Robert R. Loucks, 
where she is currently employed. 

Brett has been active in the U. S. Army reserve 
since 1979. He currently hold the rank of Sergeant 
First Class. Brett and Squeak and the girls enjoy 
camping, fishing, hunting and biking. Squeak and the 
girls are active with the horse 4-H and do a lot of 
trail riding on their horses. 

— Donna L. Barsalou 
Sylvester J. and Evelyn Kennedy Bartlett 

About 1911 the Bartlett family first entered Lemhi 
County, arriving by wagon via the Birch Creek road. 
They homesteaded on Withington Creek. Sylvester J. 
Bartlett, later known as Vet, was fourteen years of 
age. Born in Salida, Colorado in 1897, he was the 
son of Thomas and Josephine Bartlett. 

When Vet's father, mother, and family moved on 
to Oregon, Vet remained in Lemhi County. He 
worked on ranches, as a mechanic at Peppettis 
garage, drove stage over to Leesburg for Monte 
Calwell, and worked for the Forest Service. 

He met Evelyn Kennedy Roads in Leesburg and 
they were married in 1920. Eva, as mother was 
known, was born Evelyn Kennedy, in Leadville, 
Colorado in 1892. She had four children by a 
previous marriage. Ella, a niece that she was raising, 
Beulah, Bernice and Ralph Roads. The family was 
complete with the birth of the following children. 
Bob, Merle, twins, Isabelle and Annabelle, Bud, 
Nancy and Shirley. 



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During the lean years of the late 1920's, the family 
moved to Saint Helens, Oregon, searching for work. 
It was here that Isabelle and Annabelle were born. 
With not much work in that area, the family returned 
to Salmon. 

I remember Dad telling us that many days he 
would drag a load of fire wood from Pollard Creek 
with horses to Fred Viels store and trade it for he 
next days food for the family. The depression years 
were seen by many Lemhi County citizens. 

Vet worked on various jobs; the mine at Maires 
Cove, the dredge on Hughes Creek and he started 
working for Lemhi County ion 1936. The family 
moved to Portland, Oregon in 1942 where Vet 
worked as a welder in a ship yard, and moved 
back to Salmon in 1943. In 1944 he was named 
County Road Supervisor and held this position until 
he retired in 1956. Bud, who had worked for the 
road department fore eight years was named Road 
Supervisor when Vet retired and still holds this 
position. Vet, Bud, Merle and Steve have a combined 
total of service to the Lemhi County Road 
Department of ninety-eight years. Vet, thirty years; 
Bud forty-three years; Merle, fifteen years; and 
Steve, ten years. The Bartlett family has been an 
integral part of the development of transportation 
within the boundaries of Lemhi County. 

Nancy. Isabelle, Anabelle, Shirley, Carole and Bud 
still live in Salmon, Lemhi County, with their 



respective families. Ella, 1907-1959, married Antone 
Anderson and after Antone's death she married Max 
Oyler. They had no children. Beulah, 1913-1979, 
married Shorty Carver, lived in Butte, Montana and 
had two girls, Nancy and Betty. She is buried in 
Butte. Bernice, 1918-1989, married Leo Gilbert and 
had four children; Jim, Adele, Pat, and Norman. She 
is buried at Pocatello. Ralph, 1915-1973, married 
Dorothy Nichols and had one daughter, Carol. He 
later married Mary Adams and had one son, Fred. 
Ralph served twenty years in the U. S. Air Force and 
is buried in Salmon. Bob, 1921-1963, married Gloria 
Cozad and had three children; Robin, Mike, and 
Roxine. Bob served in the U. S. Army and is buried 
at Salmon. Merle, 1926-1981, married Carole Pyeatt 
and they had three children; Bill, Susy, and Merle 
Lynn. Merle served in the US Navy and is buried at 
Salmon. Isabelle married Frank Barsalou and had 
one child, Brett. Annabelle Married Jack Weigand 
and had two children; Terry and Sandy. Bud married 
Maxine Hurley and had two children; Cathy and 
Steve. Nancy married Jack McFrederick and had 
four children; Rick, Candice, Mark and Jeff. Shirley 
married Dallas Olson and had four children; Bob, 
Jerry, Lenice and Kenny. 

—Bud Bartlett 



Ralph Porter and Afton Jenson Bartschi 




Sylvester J. Vet Bartlett & Eva Bartlett 



Ralph Porter Bartschi was born in Georgetown, 
Idaho, February 21, 1932, the second son of John C. 
Bartschi and Marguerite Porter Bartschi. He went to 
school in Georgetown and Montpelier High School. In 
the summers he worked on various farms and in the 
strawberry fields. He enrolled in Pharmacy School in 
1950 at Pocatello, Idaho, graduating in 1954 as a 
Registered Pharmacist. 

Afton LaVonne Jenson was born in Challis, Idaho, 
the daughter of Walter B. and Ethel Howell Jenson. 
She has two brothers, Charles (Chuck) and Warren 
Walter Jenson. Her father was employed by the 
Forest Service and ran the equipment that laid the 
road bed from Indianola to Ebenezer Bar and from 
Panther Creek to Forney. His catapiller was the first 
vehicle sent over to test the newly completed bridge 
at Cove Creek. He later owned Jenson Oil Company 
in Challis, Idaho. 

LaVonne and Ralph met at Idaho State College 
and were married June 12, 1953. After graduating 
from college they moved to Roosevelt, Utah. Later 
they moved to Logan, Utah, where their twin sons, 
Kevin R. and Kent J., were born on September 16, 
1955. 

On October I, 1956, they moved to Salmon, Idaho 
where they purchased Stevens' Drug Store from 
Dwight Stevens. It was located east of the 



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McPherson Building. They also bought their first 
home on the corner of St. Charles and Lena Street. 

On December 2, 1956, their third child, Nola Jean, 
was born at Steele Memorial Hospital. Ralph worked 
long hours to makea asuccess of his business, which 
still went by the name of Stevens' Drug Store, while 
LaVonne was home caring for the fmaily. On May 
10, 1961 their fourth child, Kari Diane, was born, 
making the family complete. 

They were active members of the Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter Day Saints, held offices in the J. C.'s 
and J. C- ettes, the Chamber of Commerce and 
were involved in other community affairs. Ralph was 
chairman of the Cancer Drive for several years. 
Everything was going great and they felt like Salmon 
would always be their home. 

On July 25, 1962 they left on their first vacation in 
six years, to the Worlds Fair being held in Seattle, 
Washington. On their second night away the 
telephone rang, and the caller told them that half a 
city block of Salmon was on fire and it included the 
drug store. By the time they could return home, all 
that was standing was an empty burned out shell. 
Not only was Stevens' Drug Store gone, but a 
blacksmith shop, a geology office, the Fire Station, 
the Silver Spur Bar and the Elks Hall had been 
destroyed. Years later they would find out the fire 
was caused by arson - not premeditated, but 
carelessness on the part of four teen-age boys. 

The fire was a hard blow for them, but they 
decided to rebuild their business and bought a 
building farther down Main Street, took in a partner, 
John Wilmer Rigby, and started over in "Ralph's 
Pharmacy". This partnership lasted three years, with 
the Rigbys deciding to buy out Ralph's share of the 
store. Ralph moved his family to Meridian, Idaho in 
1965. 

Ralph has been a Pharmacuetical Representative 
for Burrough's Wellcome Company for the past 
twenty-five years, and they still make their home in 
Meridian. 

Kevin married Julia Ann Anderson on January 2, 
1981. They have three children. Kent married 
Elizabeth C. Smith on August 9, 1979. They had one 
son and were later divorced. Nola Jean married John 
D. Kelly on August 11, 1977 and they have three 
sons. Kari Diane married David W. Christensen on 
January 8, 1982. They have four Chioldren. Kevin 
and Julia live in Boise, Idaho; Kari and Dave have a 
home in Meridian, Idaho; Nola and John live in 
Littleton, Colorado; and Kent has made his home in 
Denver, Colorado. 

— LaVonne J. Bartschi 

Albert and Ida Bliler Bates 

Albert Bates was born in Hastings, Nebraska in 
1886, and his wife Ida Geneva Bliler Bates was born 



in Bridger Canyon, Montana in 1890. They came to 
Salmon from the Shields River country in the fall of 
1919. 

Also in the party were Billy Lewis, Bob Snyder, 
Bessie and Bill Kilorne and their children Lesly and 
Marty. 

They had all been employed that summer building 
a road into Yellowstone Park. They came to Salmon, 
hoping to get a start with the money they had 
accumulated. 

Albert was a very hard worker, and always seemed 
able to find work. Their first summer was spent at 
the Goldstone Mine up Pratte Creek. Ida cooked for 
the crew, and Albert slaved from dawn to dark. The 
machinery had to be hauled in by mule train and 
assembled. Instead of wages they received worthless 
mining stock. In the winter Albert drove the school 
bus. The bus was unheated and one bitterly cold 
day, he put a kerosene heater inside. When they 
reached the schoolhouse, fine children's faces were 
a black as tar from the exhaust of that heater. 

When Albert and Ida came to Salmon they had 
three girls; Geneva Alberta, Nelly Lillian, and June 
lola. Two more girls were born to Ida at Salmon; 
Phyllis Jane and Billie Rae. 

Ida seldom went anywhere, but she was a very 
friendly person and an excellent cook. It was a rare 
meal we ever sat down to that didn't include 
someone who just happened to be there at 
mealtime. She seemed always to have room for one 
more. In the winter, girls who had to come into town 
to go to school, would often stay with us. The 
O'Connor girls from Forney, the Hull girls; we always 
had a full happy house. 

Albert worked as a game warden for a while. He 
carried a cream can with Dolly Varden fingerlings up 
to Williams Lake to get them started there. 

In 1922 Ida and her daughter, June, were riding in 
a truck that was hauling cement, when the road 
gave away and the truck turned over in Cronk's 
Canyon. Ida's sister, Bessie Kilorne was killed, June's 
leg was broken, and Ida was badly hurt. For the rest 
of her life pieces of cement periodically worked out 
of the skin of her forehead. 

Much of his life Albert worked in the timber. He 
would haul the wood down in pole length, then cut it 
up with a circular saw. In March 1932, he had a 
crew working up a pile of wood. The saw cracked 
and disintegrated, cutting a large slice from the side 
of his head. He recovered enough to put up hay that 
summer and haul wood the next winter, but in June 
of 1933 he died as a result of that accident. Ida lived 
only three years after his death, and succumbed to 
cancer in 1936. 

The place Albert purchased, high on the Bar, is 
still in the family. 

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Clara Ann Holbrook Currier Bates 

Clara was born to John and Elizabeth Holbrook on 
March 4, 1863 in Utah. She died on March 4, 1942 
in Salmon, Idaho on her seventy-ninth birthday. 

When Clara was two years old and the family was 
still in Utah, she wandered away from camp. Family 
and friends searched for her for days and were 
about to give up hope when a young teacher, Mary 
Tibbets, dreamed that she saw the girl by a stream. 
Mary told her brother, and he said, "We have looked 
everywhere a child could be". Mary replied, "I am 
going anyway". Though doubtful, Mary's two 
brothers searched with her and sure enough, they 
found Clara about ten miles from camp. They had to 
cross a swift stream to reach her and it has always 
been a mystery as to how the little girl got there. 
Her bare feet were full of cactus spines and cuts. 
Dirty, exhausted and starving, she was barely alive. 

Clara married Charles Currier in 1880. The first of 
their three children was Maude, who married Jim 
Manfull and had twelve children. The first three and 
the last two of Maude's children died at birth. The 
couple raised Lawrence, Clarence, Fern, Steve, twins 
Pearl and Merle, and Delmar. In the 1920's they left 
Salmon in a covered wagon and went to Orofino. 
Later they traveled to Medford, Oregon. Maude died 
in 1928. 

Clara and Charles Currier's second daughter. 
Myrtle, married Arthur Withington and they had four 
children; Vera, Fayle, Vernon and Alvin. One child 
died at birth. 




Columbus Bates & Clara Ann Bates 



The Currier's son Fredrick married Martha 
Richardson and they had Ruth, Hazel and Walter. 
They also moved to Oregon. 

Clara and Charles lived on a ranch on Mulkey 
Creek and they also hauled freight to Salmon from 
Corinne, Utah and Red Rock, Montana. She drove 
one of the wagons. They separated in 1894, and on 
December 12, 1896 Clara married Columbus Bates. 

Columbus Bates was born in Nobel County, Ohio in 
1853. His father was Joseph Bates and his mother 
was Millie Arches Bates, born in Scotland. 

When Clara's mother died, Clara inherited part of 
the original homestead. She and Columbus lived 
there for most of their lives. He was a bricklayer and 
stone mason. He worked on many chimneys and 
buildings in Salmon. They raised a large garden, and 
had all kinds of fruits and berries to store and eat. 
Also, they had one cow, chickens and raised a 
couple of pigs. They were never rich, but they 
always enjoyed life and had plenty to eat as well as a 
warm place to live. 

Clara and Columbus had one child, Edna Irene. 
She married Cady L. Gaver in 1917, and in 1920 
their daughter, Wanda Gaver (Pern), was born. Cady 
died in 1928 and in 1930 Edna married Ernest 
Gutzman. Their son, Ernest Bates Gutzman, was 
born in 1932. 

When the banks went broke here in 1929, the 
Bates lost money in both. The Citizens National did 
pay off most of the money and started over as the 
First National Bank, but the Pioneer Bank didn't. My 
Grandmother always said they were luckier than a 
lot of people. They still had their land and their 
health. On holidays their home was always filled with 
children, grandchildren and other relatives and 
friends. I can never remember by grandparents 
turning anyone away because there wasn't room at 
tht table or a place to sleep. 

Clara was a midwife, and many of her 
grandchildren and nieces and nephews were born in 
her home. Both Columbus and Clara were kind and 
generous people as well as wonderful grandparents. 

— Wanda R. Pern 



Harry and Martha C. Bates 

The date that Harry Bates came from England to 
America is unknown, but he homesteaded a ranch in 
Lemhi County in 1903. The ranch was near Goldberg 
on Big Creek in the Pahsimeroi Valley. He lived there 
fourteen years before moving to May, Idaho. 

Harry was born March 11, 1863 at Atherstone, 
England, the son of John and Mary Thomas Bates. 
He came from a family of thirteen. His older brother, 
Charles, came to America in 1857 settling first in 
Ohio and then in Kansas. Others followed later, and 



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his brother Thomas settled in New Zealand. They 
were members of the Episcopal Church. 

On February 4, 1897 Harry Bates married Martha 
Cairns at Bevier, Missouri and they lived there two 
years. Martha was a native of Armadale, Scotland. 
She was born on January 22. 1877, the daughter of 
William and Margaret Simpson Cairns. When Martha 
was eleven years old the family came to America. 
She went to school in Scotland, and Huntsville, 
Missouri. 

Harry's occupation was ranching, but whenever 
farm work permitted he worked at the Ima Mine in 
Patterson, taking care of the electric plant. He was 
something of an inventor. Once after he had shot 
one of many antelope that visited their grain fields, 
he kept one foot and part of the leg, bound it in a 
right angle and hung it to dry. During the winter he 
took a straight branch of Mountain Mahogany from 
Patterson Creek, scorched, polished and oiled it to a 
high finish, and riveted the two together with a 
shotgun shell. This walking stick was much used and 
has been in the family ever since. 

He was a loner, but loved his family. The 
grandchildren recall how he heated rocks from the 
creek in the oven, placing them in the buggy to keep 
their feet warm while on the way to school. Harry 
worked a short time in the garage at May until 
health compelled him to cease work. He became 
bedridden for thirteen years and Martha cared for 
him. 

They were members of the May Grange. Grandma 
Bates was a good cook and whenever threshing 
crews came she fried chicken and made ice cream. 
She had a large feather bed that the grandchildren 
loved to play on, even though they promised not to. 

Harry Bates died on April 15, 1942 and Grandma 
Bates moved to Salmon, living with daughter 
Margaret until her death on November 8, 1961. 
They are both buried at May, Idaho. 

They had two children who grew up in the 
Pahsimeroi Valley attending school at Goldberg. 
Margaret A. Bates born February 8, 1898 at Bevier, 
Missouri married Theodore A. Barsalou in 1915 at 
Salmon. They had seven children: Theodore J., 
Zelma, Ralph, Fern, Frank, Harry and Dale. 

Harry Cairns Bates, was born October 26, 1899 in 
Salt Lake City, Utah. He married Alverta (Peggy) 
Lish, the daughter of Peter and Eloise Harris Lish, on 
October 16, 1920 at Challis. Harry and Alverta had 
five children: Ellen, born 1921, married Allen Moore 
in 1939 at Salmon. Thelda, born 1922, married Gail 
Banta, then Arnold Sullivan and had five children. 
Merlin died young. Donald, born 1930, married Dixie 
Temple and had three children. Margaret (Butch), 
born 1932, married Clyde Lee and had six children. 

Harry Cairns worked the ranch, Ima Mine and 
sawmill at Patterson until he was divorced in 1946 
and then worked at Cobalt. In 1949 he moved to 




Clockwise: Harry Bates Sr., Margaret Bates, Martha Cairns Bates 
and Harry Bates Jr. 

Weimer, California working in a sanitarium until 
1966. He then moved to Moab, Utah. On September 
25, 1955 he married an old friend. Hazel Arehart, at 
Reno, Nevada. She was the daughter of Edgar and 
Blanch Quigley of Salmon. Harry did yard work until 
he was eighty and died on October 25, 1989. Hazel 
died December 12, 1989 and both are buried at 
Moab, Utah. 

— Wilma Williams 



William and Afton Baumert 

On December 7, 1943 I went into the Navy, 
enlisting in Salt Lak City, Utah, where I was born. I 
made a lot of friends while in the Navy, especially 
one, Bruce Chaffin. He told me a lot about Salmon, 
a little town between two mountains, and the beauty 
of Lemhi County. 

After my discharge on December 8, 1945, I went 
back to Salt Lake City, where my family lived, and 
went to work as a plumber. One evening after work, 
I received a telegram asking me to call Bruce that 
evening if I wanted a Job in Salmon. Bruce said 
there was a job opening in a hardeware store. I told 
him I would talk it over with my wife, Afton, and call 
him back. Afton said, "Let's go!" The next morning I 
was on my way to Salmon. Bruce introduced me to 
Milt Havemann and Frank Havemann. Milt told me of 
my duties. This was in May of 1946. I told Milt if I 
didn't like the job, I would come right out and tell 
him. And if he didn't like the way I worked, he would 
tell me. I was at Havemann Hardware for fourteen 
years. 



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Gene and Cathy Baumert 



When we arrived in Salmon there were no houses 
for rent, except one. Charlie Goff had a one room 
log cabin with a dirt roof, no water inside and the 
toilet was outside. I sent for my wife and five year 
old son, Gene, the first part of June. We really had a 
lot of fun living in this cabin. 

After three days at the hardware store, Frank 
asked me if I really wanted to learn the hardware 
business and I said, "Yes Sir". He told me to get a 
screwdriver and a pair of pliers. We walked up Main 
Street to the Caveness Store. Frank told me to go 
upstairs and lean out the window and take out all 
the tacks that held up the canvas of the awning. He 
said not to drop any tacks on the sidewalk. After the 




Bill and Afton Baumert • 1965 



old awning was down, we tacked in the new one. 
After it was on, he told me to come on down and 
crank it up. It worked perfect. After we were all 
done, we walked back to the store, and on the way I 
was wondering if this was the way to learn the 
hardware business. Frank was a wonderful person. 

I quit the hardware store in 1960 and went to 
work for the Bureau of Land Management, where I 
retired in June of 1976. Ed Jones was the District 
Manager. He was transferred here the same time I 
went to work there. Paul Albertson was our 
Improvement Foreman. I worked with harry Holgate, 
Jock Cutler, Charlie KesI, Jack Wornick, Harvey 
Hokanson and Roy Grain. 

My son Gene, was born in Salt Lake City in the 
Holy Cross Hospital on May 11, 1941. My daughter, 
Cathy, was born in Salmon in the Stein Maternity 
Home on Jun 5, 1948. Dr. Mulder was our doctor 
and he was a great man. 

My wife, Afton, was a wonderful person and 
wonderful mother. She kept the family close 
together, which we still are today. When Gene and 
Cathy got married, I gained another daughter, Karen 
Jones Baumert and another son. Rick Wright. We've 
had a good life in Lemhi County and I've made a lot 
of friends, and I hope they accepted me as a friend. 
I've lived in Salt Lake City, Utah; Portland, Oregon; 
Las Vegas, Nevada and traveled in Europe, Alaska 
and some of the South Pacific islands, but wouldn't 
trade all of these for Lemhi County. 

— William Baumert 



G. C. Baxter 

G. C. Baxter, better known as Dale Baxter, was 
born in Emmett, Idaho on September 30, 1937, the 
son of Glenn and Mable Baxter. Most of his younger 
life was spent in the Boise Valley where he attended 
schools, including Boise High School. While working 
as a river guide for Sulphur Creek Ranch on the 
Middle Fork of the Salmon River from 1952 to 1958, 
he visited Salmon many times. In 1959 he moved to 
the Salmon area where he started working as a river 
and hunting guide for Don L. Smith of North Fork. It 
was that year that he met Patricia Ann Cotton 
Sharp, daughter of Earl and Francis Sharp. Dale and 
Patti married and had four children. Abby Louise, 
who late married Leonard Larson; Leslie Allen 
Baxter, who married Kathy Davis; Tammy Rae, and 
Angela Audrey, who remain single at this writing. All 
four children are living in the Salmon area at this 
time. 

From 1959 until 1970, Dale and Patti were 
involved in several different occupations, including 
the operation of the Maverick Gas Station and a 
trucking business moving mobile homes. They 
moved to Dillon, Montana for two years, where they 



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operated the Dillon Trailer Sales. From Dillon they 
moved to Twin Falls where Dale worked as a bus and 
truck driver until moving back to Salmon in 1968. 
Upon returning to Salmon, Dale worked for the 
Intermountain Lumber Company until a back injury 
forced him to find other employment. 

In 1971 Dale and Patti started the House of 
Bargains as a second hand store. They carried all 
types of used merchandise, including antiques. Their 
first store was located in the old John Deere building 
on the corner of Opal and Main Streets. This 
building, with its contents, was completely destroyed 
by fire in 1975. Immediately after the fire the store 
was moved to 504 Main Street and continued to 
function as a second hand store. Dale became an 
auctioneer in 1976 and held all types of auctions 
throughout Salmon and Idaho. In 1978 Dale 
purchased the Old Alaskan Cold Storage building at 
300 Shoup Street. After obtaining this building, many 
changes were made in the business. Carpet and floor 
coverings were the first additions, then over the next 
years Dale added new furniture and appliances, and 
phased out all second hand merchandise. At the 
time of this writing the House of Bargains continues 
to operate with six employees and is a full line 
flooring and furniture outlet. 

Dale and Patti were divorced in February 1980 and 
both remained as Salmon residents. Both are still 
single with Patti working for the Country store and 
Dale continuing to operate the House of Bargains. 
Several grandchildren have been added to the Dale 
Baxter family, including Jennifer Davis, Mindy Larson 
and the latest addition of Chelsea Ann Baxter. Dale 
has always enjoyed the Salmon area with its great 
outdoors, the fishing and hunting, and according to 
him, only one thing is missing, a grandson. Maybe 
one of the Baxter children will read and oblige. 

— Dale Baxter 



and the rolling foothills. Passengers, mail and some 
freight came over on the four or six horse stage 
coaches, while the heavier and larger items were 
brought over by freight wagons. The trip from Red 
Rock to Salmon, or vice versa, was seventy-one 
miles of rough traveling with by far the longest part 
of the trip either up or down, and very little on the 
level. The route went up the Lemhi River from 
Salmon to Tendoy, where it turned up Agency Creek, 
through the Lewis and Clark Pass into Montana. 

In October of 1889, the fare for a family and four 
hundred pounds of baggage was twenty-seven 
dollars from Gibbonsville to Red Rock; from 
Gibbonsville to Salt Lake City the fare was sixty-one 
dollars. Some of the advertising for the stage stated: 
"Quickest time and lowest rates guaranteed to the 
following points: Salmon City, Gibbonsville, Shoup, 
Indian Creek, Leesburg, Yellow Jacket, Challis, 
Bayhorse, Clayton, Bonanza, Custer, the gold fields 
of Silver Creek, Singiser and Stanley Basin, and the 
copper fields of the Blackbird and Big Creek 
districts." 




Charlie Beach, Dan Chase's sister, Dan Chase 



Charlie Beach 

Charlie Beach was born in Winona County, 
Minnesota, November 11, 1878 and came to this 
area in 1898. He worked at various jobs, driving 
teams at construction and freighting operations. He 
was one of the last of the stage coach drivers of the 
Red Rock Line. He made his last trip in 1909. 

Driving a team of horses or mules was an art in 
the days before mechanization and Charlie rated 
among the top drivers with Hilliard Grieber, Ferril 
Terry and others of that caliber. 

From the time of the Leesburg gold rush in 1886 
until the beginning of the Gilmore and Pittsburgh 
railroad, most of the freight, and practically all of the 
passengers coming into this country, came in from 
Red Rock, Montana, over the high Bitterroot range 



After the railroad reached Salmon and put the 
stage line out of business, Charlie Beach found 
employment elsewhere. He worked for some of the 
better known ranchers of the time: Snook, Shoup, 
and Peter McKinney, to name but a few. Rumor has 
it that he once trailed a bunch of cattle into the 
Thunder Mountain district for Peter McKinney. 

He was one of Captain Guleke's survey crew that 
surveyed the route for the proposed railroad 
through the Salmon River Canyon to Riggins, and he 
drove a team of horses for the Yellow Jacket mines. 
Probably his longest period of employment was as a 
prison guard at the State Penitentiary at Boise for 
approximately twenty years. John W. Snook was the 
warden there during some of that twenty years. 
Charlie was married for a while and a baby boy was 
born to him and his wife, but she left Charlie and 
Salmon, taking the baby with her. Apparently she 



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then married a man named Rankin, and Charlie's 
son went by that name. 

Charlie lived out his last years in Salmon and loved 
to talk over the old days with his friends. He was in 
his late eighties when he died and he is buried in the 
Salmon Cemetery. 

— Doris Brown 
Andrew Jackson and Annis Burwell Bean 

Andrew Jackson Bean was born on the Bean 
Ranch in Centennial Valley, Montana on February 13, 
1900, the son of Milton and Henrietta Sprague Bean. 
He was the tenth of twieve children born to them. 
His childhood, schooling and young manhood were 
spent there and hard work was a way of life. He had 
a very natural ability with horses and worked as a 
cowboy from the age of twelve. 

He attended school, when at all possible, and had 
more common sense than most of us will ever have. 
"Jack" courted a pretty little maiden, Annis M 
Burwell, and they were married on February 22, 
1921. When they went to Idaho Falls on the train to 
be married, he on crutches, he had twelve cents in 
his pocket and bought twelve cents worth of candy 
for Annis. 

They returned to the Salmon Valley, and on 
January 29, 1925 a daughter, Helen, was born. On 
December 25, 1927 another daughter, "the 
Christmas Kid" - Norma, was born. On November 2, 
1930, their last child, Beverly, was born. 

Knowing that the "cowboy life" he loved so well, 
would not support a family. Jack moved to Dillon, 
Montana in 1936. He went to work for John Walters 
at the Dodge and Plymouth Agency and traded his 
two and a half inch, underslung heels, cowboy boots 
for Florsheim shoes; and a four inch brim Stetson 
for a dress hat. Wise for his time, he was a good car 
salesman and said, "I just changed modes of 
transportation". Always looking for advancement. 
Jack took a better offer from Fred Woodside at the 
Montana Auto Supply and started selling Chevrolets 
and Buicks. 

Then in 1938 he, along with Carl and Eddie 
Papetti, bought the Four Star Garage and started 
selling Chevrolets in Lemhi County. The A-Z Ranch 
and Pet Center is now at that location. 

When World War II broke out. Jack, being the 
oldest partner, stayed to run the Valley Chevrolet 
and, due to ill health, sold out in 1945. Idleness was 
not his way of life, and in 1946, he purchased the 
school buses. He and Annis both drove and worked 
together, as they had all through their married life. 
Also, in 1946 they bought eighteen acres on the 
edge of town and milked sixteen head of cows, 
morning and evening, while driving and maintaining 
the buses. 



In the meantime, their daughters grew up, 
attended Salmon schools and married. Helen 
married Eli Smith in 1943 and they had five children: 
Jack, Jim, Jayne, Judy and Jerry. Norma married 
Roswell Perry in 1945 and they had three children: 
Richard, Donald and Vyckie Sue. Beverly married 
Lloyd Gott in 1950 and they had five children: John, 
Linda, Steven, Blaine and Sally. 

Though it was not the normal occupation for a 
woman at that time, Annis was a very congenial and 
excellent driver. She was awarded a certificate from 
the Idaho Department of Law Enforcement in 1949, 
and another for the best school bus driver in Idaho 
from the Onieda Bus Corporation in 1956. Driving a 
million miles with no accidents! I'm sure that there 
are still a lot of "kids" in Lemhi County who rode 
with Jack or Annis. After Jack's death on October 2, 
1955, Annis continued to run the school buses until 
she was forced to sell them in 1966. 

Annis still resides in Salmon, is nearing eighty- 
seven years of age, has thirteen grandchildren, 
twenty-seven great grandchildren, and five great 
great grandchildren. She has been a worker, a 
stayer, and an enlightenment all of her life. Without 
people like Jack and Annis, this country and the 
county would have suffered greatly. 

"Hats off" to those who worked so hard for our 
lives to be so much better, whoever they were, 
whatever their names. We are Americans because of 
these fantastic people who were our ancestors. 

— Beverly Bean Gott Baker 




Jack and Annis Bean - 1944 



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Becker 

The Becker's ancestors were originally from 
England, the first Beckers coming to Lemhi County 
from the Utah area around the turn of the century. 
Jerry and Harry Becker, brothers, owned and 
operated a ranch up Carmen Creek, now the 
McFarland ranch, and raised sheep and cattle. Their 
brother. Jack Becker, came to Lemhi County to 
work for them in 1918 when he was sixteen years 
old. He herded sheep in the Moose Creek country. 

The two older brothers sold out to the McFarlands 
and Jack went out on his own. The depression 
meant that there was little work, so he made his 
living rounding up and selling wild horses around 
Leadore. 

Jack Becker got into the Bar business by chance. 
There was a twenty-one game in a little bar in 
Leadore. Jack had two dollars in his pocket and by 
the end of the night he had won half interest in the 
bar. The next day his new partner went to jail for 
selling "moonshine". By the time his thirty days 
were up, Jack had made enough money to buy him 
out. 

Later Jack came to Salmon to work for Dee 
Matlock at the Owl Club and in 1935, bought him 
out. 

In January 1942 Jack Becker married Rosie 
Demick and in July of that year he went into the U S 
Army. His son, Jerry, was born in April 1943 and was 
nine months old before Jack saw him. 

After he returned from the Army, Jack and Rosie 
bought a house located where the Town Pump now 
stands. The area was called the "Cabbage Patch" 
and was the edge of the City limits. Later they 
bought a house across from the Brooklyn School, 
which the family still owns. 

In 1950 Jack bought a string of pack mules and 
packing equipment, beginning an outfitting business. 
At one time he had over a hundred head of stock, 
six hunting areas and owned the Indian Creek Guest 
Ranch. Everything but the Owl Club was sold in 
1958. 

Jack and Rosie's son, Jerry, graduated high school 
in 1961, then went to college. About a year and a 
half later he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. There he 
met his high school sweetheart, Marta Bieri, and 
they were married. After their daughter, Geraldine, 
was born in 1964, they returned to Salmon to help 
Rose and Jack at the Owl Club. Marta had a 
teaching job and Jerry tended bar. Two more 
daughters were born; Becky in 1967, and Natalie in 
1968. 

Jerry and Marta bought the Owl Club from Jack 
and Rose and have spent the last twenty-six years 
managing the business. Marta helps Jerry with the 
business, but has been dedicated to her family and 
the teaching profession. Both are involved with 



community activities. Jerry has been a volunteer 
fireman for the last ten years and Marta is a 
member of several teaching organizations. 

Jerry and Marta's daughter, Geraldine, graduated 
high school in 1983 and attended Idaho State 
University, graduating with high honors in 1989. She 
married Don Moore and their son, Charlie Jack, was 
born in 1989. They live on a twenty acre farm at 
North Fork, Idaho and Geraldine is a Special 
Education teacher employed by the Salmon School 
District. 

Becky married Edward Turner. Their daughters 
are: Krystal Rose, born 1984;, and Marta Rebecca, 
born 1985. The family lives in Dell, Montana. 

Natalie graduated from Salmon High in 1987 
where she was involved in volleyball, track and band. 
In 1986 she reigned as Honored Queen of Jobs 
Daughters. Presently, she is attending Idaho State 
University on a Steele Reese Foundation scholarship, 
majoring in Health Physics, and graduating in spring 
of 1992. 

Beckers have been in Lemhi County for the past 
ninety-one years. Each generation has worked hard 
to make a contribution to this beautiful area. Their 
family continues to live and make history in this 
Salmon River Valley. 

— Marta Becker 

Elsie Vanldour Caples Beers 

Elsie Beers, born Elsie Flora Vanldour, in 
Carterville, Missouri in 1890, was the daughter of 
Isabella and Izaac Henry Vanldour. She was raised in 
Joplin, Missouri. After graduating from teacher's 
college in Warrensburg, she went to Colorado to 
teach. After one year, she came to Challis, where 
she taught for a few years before marrying, in 1916 
James Caples, a mining engineer, also from Missouri. 
He was partner with Arch Herndon in the assay 
office in Salmon. 

Elsie and James Caples lived at Blackbird Creek in 
the Panther Creek or Big Creek area, where Mr. 
Caples was the manager of the Blackbird-Cobalt 
Mine, owned by Haines- Stellite Mining Company. 
Two boys were born to this couple; James Watts 
Caples and Van Reed Caples. 

The mine, located about seven miles up Blackbird 
Creek, was principally a cobalt mine, but it also 
produced gold and silver. The vein was rich, but the 
demand for cobalt was reduced after World War I. In 
later years, when Howe Sound developed the 
Blackbird Mine, they located the diggings one mile 
further up the creek, where it eventually proved out. 
The ore had been in the original mine - the main 
lead was just that much farther and deeper in the 
mountain. So, when referring to the Blackbird Mine, 



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the dates are necessary - prior to 1919 the mine 
was located approximately eight miles from the 
junction of Big Creek, and after 1960 the Blackbird - 
eventually Cobalt Mine - was located near the head 
of Blackbird Creek, in the Salmon River Mountains, 
eight plus miles up Blackbird Creek from Panther 
Creek. 

In 1919, when the boys were one and two years 
old, Mr. Caples died. After working the books and 
closing the records, Mrs. Caples moved to Salmon, 
with a year's stop-over in Bayhorse, where she 
cooked for the miners' boarding house. 

While teaching school at Brooklyn in Salmon, Elsie 
Caples married Talmage Ormsby "Ormy" Beers. This 
was in 1922. Mr. Beers, with P. G. Putnam as 
partner, owned and managed the Rexall Drug Store; 
eventually Mr. Beers bought out his partner. 

In 1946 Mr. Beers sold the drug store to Gordon 
Wolf and Roy Durand, and moved to Los Angeles, 
where he and Elsie lived until 1975. when they 
returned to Salmon, Idaho. Ormy died in 1974 and 
Elsie in 1978. 

Elsie Beers was very active in community affairs in 
Salmon and Lemhi County, and was tireless in her 
volunteerism for good will causes. During World War 
II she was in charge of the Local Red Cross, and 
through them, managed to help send many needed 
items to the soldiers overseas; bandages, wool 
socks, scarves, etc. She handled emergencies 
between families of service men and the Armed 
Services, such as a death in the family. 

Elsie was also active in her church, singing for 
many years in the Episcopal choir. She was a 
member of the Elks Auxiliary and the Rotary Anns. 
She also found time to write a character sketch of 
her friend and neighbor. Belle O'Connor, which was 




Nell Crenshaw, Jimmie Caples and Elsie Caples in 1919 at the 
Blackbird Mine 



used as a basis for a drama given at the Centennial 
Readers' Theater. 

Elsie's two sons, Jim and Van, were both educated 
in Salmon and both graduated from the University of 
Idaho. James "Jim" resides in Salmon and Van in 
Seattle, Washington. Van remains unmarried. Jim 
married Phyllis Rand and they have two daughters; 
Kit, of Denver, Colorado and Chris Ocamica, of 
Boise. Idaho. Chris and her husband, Richard, have 
a daughter, Michelle. 

People now residing in Lemhi County might pause 
and wonder how the area would have progressed, 
had not Missouri been so generous in sharing her 
worthy sons and daughters with so many sections of 
Eastern Idaho. 

— Phyllis Rand Caples 

Charles and Martha Bell 

In September of 1922 Charles and Martha Bell 
with their two sons, Carlos and Frederick, moved 
from Wisdom, Montana to Lemhi County, settling in 
upper Gibbonsville. They had purchased three lots, 
each with a house on it. The first winter was spent in 
one of the houses and the next summer the middle 
house was demolished and the other two were 
moved together. Four years later a new roof and 
front porch were put on and the present Bell house 
IS the result of that labor. 

Charles was a master harness maker. He had a 
shop in Wisdom and occasionally would open one in 
Salmon during the winter. He went from ranch to 
ranch in the Big Hole and Lemhi County to repair 
harness and saddles as needed. He also engaged in 
some mining in Gibbonsville. 

Since Charles was away from home a great deal, 
the task of keeping the home and rearing the boys 
fell on Martha's shoulders. She took good care of 
her boys, raised a very large garden, kept two or 
three cows, a pig or two and a flock of chickens. She 
also had the most beautiful flower garden in town. 
Nearly every year Charles and Martha would drive to 
Missoula, Montana to purchase staples that they 
couldn't raise at home. They were always generous 
with their bounty and many people received of it 
over the years. 

Carlos and Frederick went to school in Gibbonsville 
through the eighth grade. Carlos went to school in 
Seattle, Washington for four years and Fred went to 
school in Salmon. Both worked in the mines in 
Gibbonsville, and also worked in the timber. 

Carlos married in 1936 and moved to the Mother 
Lode Country in Northern California, where he 
worked in the mines. He returned to Gibbonsville in 
1938 and worked in the harness business with his 
father until 1939 when he moved to Mullan, Idaho. 



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Martha and Charles Bell and son Fred Bell - 1936 



Harvey Victor Bell 

Harvey V. Bell, the eldest child of Victor Bell and 
Lena Burggraf, was born in 1904 at Roberts, Idaho. 
In about 1909 he moved with his family to Lemhi 
County where they settled on Sandy Creek. The 
families were sheepmen. When Harvey was fourteen 
his father died with the flu while back East selling 
sheep. 

In 1943 Harvey married Lois Aldous at Baker, 
Oregon. Lois was the fifthe child of William Henry 
Alodous and Julia Viola Quigley. She was born 
September 19, 1906 at Clyde, Idaho. In 1922 she 
was married to Frederick Brough. They had two 
sons, Lowell and Carlyle, but were later divorced. 

Harvey and Lois moved to Alaska in about 1944, 
where they raised sheep. A son, Harvey C. Bell was 
born in 1948. Lois suffered complications from the 
birth and on May 12, 1948 she died in Baker, 
Oregon. She was buried in Blackfoot, Idaho. 

In 1950 Harvey came back to Lemhi County. He 
has always enjoyed raising and working with good 
horses and did some recing at the Lemhi 
fairgrounds. Today he still works with his horses. 
Lois too enjoyed horses and was a member of the 
Salmonettes, a ladies riding club. 

Their son, Harvey C. Bell, is a pilot for American 
Airlines. 

— Harvey Bell 



In 1940 he moved to Southern California and 
worked in the aircraft industry. Carlos had two 
daughters, DeAnna and Kathryn who reside in 
Chicago. He passed away in October 1972 at Costa 
Mesa, California at age fifty-nine. 

Fred worked in the mines in Gibbonsville and 
Mullan, Idaho. He entered the Naval service when 
war came and served in the South Pacific. There 
was a war time marriage that didn't last and he 
remarried, living in Southern California where he and 
his wife reared a son and three daughters. He is the 
proud grandparent of thirty-three grandchildren. 
Fred worked as a commercial driver until a back 
injury stopped his driving. He then opened a carpet 
installation and cleaning business. In 1979 Fred 
moved to Tucson, Arizona where he now resides as 
a retiree. 

Charles Bell was accidentally killed in October 
1943 when he fell from moving pick up truck. He 
was nearly seventy years old at the time. 

Martha remained in Gibbonsville until death 
claimed her. She passed away in October of 1964, 
twenty-one years to the day after her husband died. 

—Fred Bell 




Lois Aldous Bell and Harvey Bell • 1946 



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Olney D. Bell 



0. D. Bell was a prominent citizen of the Roberts 
community, formerly Market Lake. He and his 
brother Assa James Bell were partners In a large 
farm there, known as the Blue Bell. In 1907 0. D. 
Bell sold out to Frank Shepperd. 

He became interested in politics and served as the 
G. 0. P. Representative for the first Idaho Leislature 
representing the old Fremont County, now Madison 
and Jefferson Counties, during 1905 and 1906. 

Olney Bell married Ethel Payne and they were the 
parents of one child, Victor Bell. The family came to 
Lemhi County in about 1909 and settled on Sandy 
Creek. They were involved in a sheep raising project 
with Jim Melton and the Alaska Basin Land and 
Livestock Company. 

D Bell suffered a stroke in his later years, but 
still worked in his garden. He was a very good 
gardener and was able to raise great tasting 
watermelon on Sandy Creek. 



— Harvey Bell 











Olney D. Bell ■ State Representative - 1905 & 1906 



Mrs. Jim Mahaffey, Marie Mahaffey, Victor Bell and children - 
1918 at Tendoy's grave 

Victor Bell 

Victor Bell was the only child of Olney D Bell and 
Ethel Payne Bell. In 1902 he married Lena Burggraf 
at Roberts, Idaho, formerly Market Lake. For a while 
he taught school at Birch Creek, north of Mud Lake, 
Idaho. Victor and Lena were the parents of four 
children: Harvey Victor Bell, who married Lois Aldous 
and lives in Tendoy; Lucille Bell, who married a 
Swanson and lives in Ogden, Utah; Marion Bell, who 
married a Hoover and lives in Balckfoot, Idaho; and 
Richard, who never married. 

Victor, Lena and family came to Lemhi County 
about 1909 when Victor's father, Olney D. Bell and 
Jim Melton settled on Sandy Creek. They had a 
sheep ranching operation. 

In 1918 Victor and some of his associates took 
some of their sheep back East to sell. While there 
Victor Bell contracted the flu, during the flu 
epidemic, and died. 

—Fred Bell 

Claud Frederick and 

Mary La Verne Peelman Beller 

Both LaVerne Peelman and Claud Beller had 
homesteads at Simpson, Montana, forty miles north 
of Havre, before they were married in 1916. My 
older sister and brother, Grace and Orin, were born 
at Simpson, Montana on the homesteads. My father 
carried mail between Havre and Simpson and he 
also was a constable. Years of draught drove them 
to abondon the homesteads in 1927 and move to 
Victor, Montana, in the Bitterroot Valley. There they 
ran a dairy herd, raised beans for the cannery, and 
sold strawberries and apples to the local people. 

I, Bernice Beller, was born in 1928; which curtailed 
by mother's activities for a while. The depression hit 
in 1929 and we gave up possessions one by one in 
order to survive. The car went first and we traveled 



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by horse and buggy again. The dairy herd went next 
when they contracted brucelosis, and we then had 
to buy our milk from a neighbor. My little brother, 
Florin, was born in February 1931. Then the diseases 
set in. We had measles, mumps, whooping cough, 
scarlet fever, ear aches, etc. The only medicine my 
mother ever had was aspirin, Watkins' Mentholatum, 
Liniment and Petro-carbo salve. 

We had some fun times, though. Parlor games, 
music, and ladies clubs kept us interested, along 
with country parties, dances, picnics, huckleberrying 
and trips to Sunday school and church in a road cart 
or on horseback. Fishing, hiking, swimming and work 
kept the young people busy. Chokecherry jam 
became year round table fare and bartering became 
a daily way of life. I wore bib overalls and loved 
them. The pockets held at least a dozen Whitney 
Crabapples. 

My older brother, Orin, became a basketball and 
football star, and my sister, Grace, went to business 
school and got a job. My little brother. Florin, 
entered a talent show as "Popeye" and won. The 
Bitterroot Valley became infested with wood ticks 
carrying spotted fever and after several deaths, the 
government set up a Spotted Fever Lab in Hamilton, 
Montana. 

We began to recover from the depression, but my 
father became ill and was even diagnosed a having 
cancer. Looking for a way to provide a living other 
than farming, my father moved the family to 
Salmon, Idaho in February 1941. He worked a 
Watkins territory in Idaho consisiting of Lemhi, Butte 
and Custer Counties. It took six weeks to cover this 
route. My sister, Grace, married Eugene Tiffany and 
lived in Montana and my older brother, Orin, was 
working his way through college at Bozeman, 
Montana. My mother and I worked at local grocery 
stores. This came naturally to my mother since she 
had worked for some time for F. A. Buttrey in his 
first store at Havre, Montana. 

In 1943 Orin graduated from college and was 
inducted into the Army six weeks later. He died in 
1944 in France, leaving a bride from Mississippi 
behind. The war is a memory of rationed shoes, gas, 
meat, sugar, etc. Tires were almost impossible to get 
and nylons were scarce a hens teeth. Most of all I 
remember the sadness when each "Missing in 
Action" report came. We all died a little each time. 
My mother and father became faithful members of 
the War Mothers and the American Legion. 

My younger brother. Florin, worked at a service 
station and then at Mc Pherson's Dry Goods, the 
same store his sons now manage. I married Roy 
Motichka who was from North Fork, Idaho and we 
had three children. Roy has retired from the 
Caldwell Post Office and I acquired an Art Degree 
from Boise State University. 

My father, Claude Beller, worked for several years 



as yardman for a Salmon sawmill and then spent his 
later years as janitor for Idaho First National Bank. 
He died in 1975 and my mother LaVerne Beller died 
in 1976. They have eight living grandchildren, 
fourteen great grandchildren and five great great 
grandchildren. 

— Bernice Beller Motichka 

Florin and Mitzi S. Beller 

Florin Claud Beller was born February 13, 1931 in 
Hamilton, Montana, the son of Claud Frederick Beller 
and Mary LaVerne Beller. Florin and his family 
moved to Salmon from Montana in 1940. 

Olive Barbara "Mitzi" Beller was born January 16, 
1932 in Dillon, Montana, the daughter of Kenneth 
Robert Swift and Margaret Katherine Kuntz. When 
Mitzi was a month old she traveled to Salmon with 
her family on the old Northern Pacific train line. 
Mitzi's paternal great grandparnets, the Stephen 
Manful family, homesteaded a ranch east of Salmon 
around 1875. 

Mitzi and Florin enjoyed a carefree childhood 
growing up in Salmon. In 1945 Mitzi's parents 
divorced and she lived with her paternal 
grandmother, Olive Hardman. 

Florin graduated from Salmon High School in 1949 
and started working at McPherson Dry Goods in 
Salmon. On February 14, 1950 Mitzi and Florin were 
married and in May of 1950 Mitzi graduated from 
Salmon High School. Two sons were born to them: 
Kenneth Frederick Beller in 1950 and Stephen Floren 
Beller in 1953. 

After Paul McPherson's death in 1952, Myra 
McPherson chose to continue the business and 
Florin later became a partner with Mrs. McPherson. 

In February 1958 the first Junior Chamber of 
Commerce was formed in Salmon. Florin was the 
first president. In November 1958 a community 
survey was conducted for a number one community 
development project by the Jaycees. The result of 
the survey was the construction of a Lemhi County 
Historical Museum. In a joint effort on the part of 
the Eagles Lodge donating the site in exchange for 
the basement of the building, the delp and 
encouragement of the Lemhi County Historical 
Society, and many, many fund raising activities the 
museum was dedicated in 1963. Florin was the 
Jaycee president four of those five years. The 
Salmon Jaycees received a National Award for their 
number one project and Florin flew to Detroit, 
Michigan to accept it. 

In 1962 Florin and Mitzi bought a forty eight acre 
ranch four miles south of Salmon. Included in the 
purchase was twelve head of registered Angus cows. 
Ken and Steve were active in 4-H, Mitzi was a 4-H 



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Mitzi and Florin Beller 

leader and also was a leader of the 4-H horse club 
called the Rancho Kids. In a few short years Florin 
and Mitzi improved and developed their Angus herd 
and were well known in the Idaho State Angus 
association, selling cattle in the State Sales. Ken and 
Steve were active in high school sports and later 
Steve in college football, and Florin and Mitzi 
traveled thousands of miles to games. In 1968 the 
couple sold the ranch and bought their present 
home in Salmon. Florin was president of the Salmon 
Chamber of Commerce in 1970. 

Myra McPherson retired from the store in 1972 
and Mitzi started working in the store. In 1974 the 
Western Auto Building was purchased and the 
adjoining wall was removed to create a large new 
fabric, domestic and gift department. 

Ken married Virginia Paulet of Sandpoint, Idaho in 
August of 1972 after graduating from the University 
of Idaho. They have one son, Justin Kenneth, born in 
1974. 

Steve married Diane Lee of Idaho Falls, Idaho in 
June of 1976 after graduating from Idaho State 
University. They have one son, Michael Brent, born 
in 1985. 

In 1981 McPherson's built its first branch store in 
Challis, Idaho. 

In 1982, Florin and Mitzi became inactive in the 
store and Ken and Steve took over the management 
of McPherson's. Florin and Mitzi were able to pursue 
a lifelong dream of training and running 
Thoroughbred race horses. Since 1986 they have 
been racing their horses primarily in Phoenix, 



Arizona, winning dozens of races including several 
prestigious stakes races. Florin and Mitzi plan on 
continuing their racing business at Phoenix in the 
winter months and spending their summers at home 
in Salmon. 

— Florin and Mitzi Beller 



Charles and Denise Bender 

Charles "Chuck" Edward Bender was born April 6, 
1949 in Garden City, Kansas to Edward Lee and 
Llewyn Eileen March Bender. He was the first of two 
children. Chuck lived in Kansas until age nine when 
the family moved to Inglewood, California. He 
attended Oak Street Elementary School and 
graduated from Inglewood High School in 1967. He 
participated in many activities while in high school, 
including football, student government and theater 
organizations. He continued his education on a 
football scholarship to Idaho State University in 
Pocatello, Idaho and graduated in 1971 with a B. A. 
He married Nancy Fenwick on August 7, 1977 and 
they had two children: Nicole Jean, born April 11, 
1975 and Eric Edward, born May 25, 1977. They 
were later divorced. 

When Chuck graduated from college he worked for 
Intermountain Beverage Company and worked his 




Chuck and Denise Bender - August 1986 



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way up in the thirteen years to General Manager. In 
the summer of 1985, the owners decided to retire 
and Chuck moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho where he 
began working for Bonneville Distributors as General 
Manager. 

That same summer. Chuck met Denise Marie 
Brisbois Shipley. 

Denise was born August 17, 1948 in Pocatello, 
Idaho, the third of six children born to Clyde and 
Rose Crnkovich Brisbois. Denise attended St 
Anthony's Catholic School in Pocatello and was in 
the first class to go all eight years, as the school 
opened its doors the year she entered first grade. 

In 1962, Denise attended St Gertrude's Academy 
in Cottonwood, Idaho with the intention of joining 
the convent. She lived with Jim and Betty Gehring 
and loved her time with their family. In 1963 she 
attended her first public school. Highland High 
School in Pocatello opened its doors for the first 
time and again, the Class of 1966, her graduating 
class, was the first class to complete all three years 
in this new school. 

After high school, Denise married Ronald Duane 
Shipley in Pocatello and three sons were born to 
their marriage: James Darren, born December 10, 
1966, Shaun Michael, born June 24, 1968, and 
Derek (Bear) Richard, born November 13, 1972. 
They were later divorced. 

Denise was an exercise enthusiast and taught 
aerobic dance classes at a health club in Pocatello, 
where she met Chuck Bender, a member of her 
class. Their friendship grew and on January 11, 1986 
they married. They lived in Idaho Falls and one day 
Chuck came home from work from Bonneville 
Distributors and said if he ever had the opportunity 
he would love to live in Salmon, Idaho. He said it 
was "God's country". That opportunity came all too 
soon. In September that same year. Chuck and 
Denise moved to Salmon and opened their own 
business, Bender Beverage Company, and rolled up 
their sleeves to begin making a living. Denise helped 
in the office, worked for Total Fitness Center, the 
only prerequisite to their moving, and she 
immediately rounded up nearly forty men in the 
community willing to try aerobic dance. You name 
the person and I'm sure he was in the class. 

In the meantime, Chuck and his employee, K. V. 
Felker, were the brains and brawn of their company. 
His thirteen years experience was paying off. 

After almost five years, the company remains a 
viable member of the local business community. 

Denise became involved in the community by 
serving on the Board of Chamber of Commerce, St 
Charles Catholic Church Parish Council, co-president 
of the American Cancer Society and in May of 1988 
she began working at the Lemhi County Courthouse 
in Magistrate Court and worked with Judge Fred 
Snook and Laura (Betty) Morton. 



In 1989, Chuck and Denise bought ten acres of 
land just north of Salmon and made the decision 
they would like to continue living their lives together 
in Salmon. 

The summer of 1990, Chuck's son, Erik, decided 
to move to Salmon from Boise. James and Shaun 
live in Pocatello where they are attending Idaho 
State University. Bear graduates from Highland High 
School the spring of 1991 and plans to attend Boise 
State University on a full-ride football scholarship. 

Chuck and Denise have a granddaughter, Jordan 
Joy Shipley, born October 12, 1987 in Pocatello. 
She is the daughter of Shaun Shipley and Joy 
Jensen Shipley. 

— Denise M. Brisbois Bender 



Benedict 

In 1881, at age twenty-three, Ernest Richard 
Benedict came by train to Idaho Territory. He was a 
partner in a sheep operation in the Big Hole in 
Montana and at the time there were only three 
families in the basin. In 1887 Ernest arrived at 
Carmen Creek. He bought out the Davis Brothers 
Ranch and married a young widow, Jessie Palmer 
McCloud, in 1895. Jessie had come with her family 
from Colorado and gone by flat boat down to Pine 
Creek. 

They started a dairy with thirty-five milk cows. In 
order to be near a doctor, Jessie moved into Salmon 
a month before their first child Thomas Richard 
Benedict, was born in 1896. The next baby, Frances 
Sarah, was born at the ranch, arriving before the 
doctor did. Ernest, seeing that he could handle the 
job, delivered the remaining ten children born to 
them: Russell Levi, 1900; Edith lona, 1902; Robert 
Ernest, 1904; Lillie Elizabeth, 1906; Rosalie Alice, 
1908; Jessie May, 1910; Marian Alice, 1912; Helen 
Ruth, 1914; Elizabeth Joy, 1915; and John Edward, 
1917. Rosalie and Elizabeth died as infants. 

In 1901 Ernest bought the Birdseye Ranch on the 
Big Flats, selling it two years later and moving to 
Gibbonsville. 

In 1908 they bought the 3W Ranch from Wilson, 
Walker and Wood in the Leadore area. The eleven 
hundred acre cattle ranch had originally been 
acquired from the government by Mr. Hawkinsmith. 
That winter the Gilmore and Pittsburg Railroad laid 
tracks through the ranch. In 1911 Ernest built a 
bunkhouse and started a school in it for his children. 
The next year John Reddington, Morris Cottom and 
Ernest Benedict organized School District Number 
29 and had a school built at Cottom Lane. Frances 
was one of the last teachers before it closed in 
1920. 

Ernest brought the first Aberdeen Angus cattle into 
the Lemhi Valley from the Centennial Valley in 1916 



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and in 1926 bought a flock of Rambouillet sheep, 
crossed them with Lincolns, and produced a strain 
called Columbias. They sold the sheep, around a 
thousand head of ewes, in 1938. 

Spring of 1929 saw the Benedicts moving into 
their new home, the largest private residence made 
of logs in the state at that time. 

Sons, Russell and Bob bought the Gilbert Yearian 
Ranch in 1930. Marian and Helen Benedict bought 
the Lemhi Merc from Mrs. Murphy in 1937. 

Ernest Benedict died in 1942. By this time other 
places had been acquired, bringing the total acreage 
to around five thousand acres from the original 
eleven hundred acre ranch, Ernest's first purchase. 
During the same time the cattle herd had been 
increased from the small herd that Ernest drove up 
from Carmen to around a thousand head of cattle 
over one year of age. 

Jessie died in 1945 and in 1947 most of the land 
and cattle were sold with Russell retaining the 
Yearian Ranch and one hundred seventy-five head of 
cattle. 

Ernest's younger brother John had been operating 
a meat market in Gilmore. Upon his sudden death 
from an attack of appendicitis, Tom took over the 
management of his uncle's shop until the closing of 
the mines, a few years later, signalled the end of 



Gilmore. Tom then started a trucking business 
between Salmon and points south and east. Thomas 
R. Benedict married Ruby Jewett in 1918 and 
Richard was born to them. After their divorce, he 
married Maude McClaskey in 1931 and Ralph was 
born to them. By this time the truckline was a 
flourishing business and they branched out into 
other areas. Over the years they started a stage 
line, a bakery, a car agency, wholesale gas station, 
lumber yard and a furniture store. Tom died in 1987. 

Frances married Floyd Owen in 1923 and Audrey 
and Karen were born to them. Floyd homesteaded 
up Cow Creek and then bought a hardware store in 
Shelley. Floyd Owen died in 1966. 

Russell moved to the Gib Yearian Ranch after 
selling the home place. He married Margaret Priess 
in 1958. They moved to Salmon when they retired. 
Russell died in 1984. 

Edith married Oscar Ellis in 1921 and Don and 
Dorothy were born to them. They were later 
divorced and she married Howard Call in 1939. They 
ranched on Hayden Creek until retiring and moving 
to Salmon. 

Lillie began teaching in 1923 and continued her 
career until 1970. She married Charles Swinyer in 
1927. They lived in Boise until returning to the 
Lemhi Valley in 1942. They ran the Lemhi Merc for 



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five years and then bought the Joe Murphey Ranch. 
They later moved to Salmon and Charles died in 
1979. 

Jessie married Taylor Mahaffey in 1936. Martha 
and Barbara were born to them. They ranched up 
Hayden Creek before buying the Cottom Ranch. 
Upon retirement they moved to Salmon. Jessie died 
in 1977 and Taylor in 1982. 

Marian married John Carleton "Sammy" Amonson 
in 1939. Anne, John, Bob and Russ were born to 
them. She and Helen owned the Lemhi Merc for 
forty-six years before selling it in 1983. She and 
Sammy ran the Amonson Ranch, where John and 
Judy now live. Sammy died in 1988. Marian now 
lives on the original Amonson Ranch, which had 
been in the family since 1890. 

Helen married Bill Brown in 1940 and Janet and 
Betty were born to them. In 1944 they bought a 
ranch up Hayden Creek and sold it in 1950, moving 
back to the Merc. Bill died in 1962. Helen now lives 
on the old road a quarter mile south of the Merc. 

John spent two and a half years in the Navy 
during World War II, in the South Pacific. He married 
Jean Spencer in 1945. Lahrie, John S., and Howard 
Roscoe were born to them. An accident claimed 
Rooky's life at two and a half years. They bought a 
ranch in Canada in 1951 and in the following years, 
have expanded their holdings. Their sons run the 
ranch and they now enjoy retirement. 

— Marian Amonson 



Richard and Bernice Moore Benedict 

Bernice Moore Benedict graduated from nurses' 
training in 1946 at Pocatello General Hospital. During 
these World War II years the hospital was losing R. 
N.s to the Army, resulting in new students being 
trained for responsible positions as soon as possible. 

I returned to Salmon to work in Dr. Goggins 
hospital. This structure was moved, in 1970, to a 
location twelve miles south of Salmon and is known 
as the Grey House. 

During this time I accompanied Dr. Goggins to 
Gibbonsville, where there had been a shooting in a 
tavern. One man had been killed and before the 
evening was over three more individuals had been 
wounded - two of them would eventually die. 

I married Richard Benedict on January 27, 1947 in 
the First Congregational Church in Pocatello. We 
lived in Pocatello for a short time where I worked as 
the three to eleven o'clock Supervisor of the 
hospital. Richard worked for Garretts Freight Line, 
where he had been employed before serving in the 
Army in Japan, during World War II. 

We returned to Salmon, Richard operated his own 
truck and I worked at the Boatman-McGee Hospital, 




Bernice Moore Benedict, Roy Moore, Athena Dunn, Jessie Roth 
and Ray Moore. 



formerly Goggin's Hospital. During this time Harry 
Beyers, of Leadore was brought in with a gunshot 
wound to the abdomen. We operated on him with 
full recovery. I mention this in part because the 
success of major surgery done at the time (1949) 
was due solely to the doctors expertise and TLC. 

I worked as County School Nurse for seven years, 
1949 to 1956, working relief at Steele Memorial 
Hospital during summers and vacations. After 
consolidation of the schools, I worked at Steele 
Memorial Hospital until 1963. We moved to Dillon, 
Montana and I worked at Garrett Hospital, while 
Richard worked for Bair's Service Station. After one 
year we moved to Idaho Falls and were there for 
one year for Bair. I did special duty at the Sacred 
Heart Hospital. 

In 1969 we moved to Cobalt and operated the 
Panther Creek Inn and Dick worked for the mine. We 
loved Cobalt and liked the people there. We had 
many experiences, some exciting and some sad. 

While at Cobalt, the mine superintendent, Marion 
Casper, was underground on his last day, advising 
several miners, one of whom was Bill Blood, about 
the danger of this particular area. A huge slab of 
rock fell and crushed Casper and nearly took Bill 
Blood also. I was taken to the mine and underground 
to see if there was anything that could be done. I'm 
sure he was killed instantly. Only an incident of this 
magnitude could have persuaded me to go 
underground. 

We returned to Salmon in October of 1969 and I 
was employed as Surgery Supervisor. I worked in 
that capacity until my retirement in April 1990. 

I can't conclude my years at Steele Memorial 
without giving well deserved accolades to Dr. Walt 
Blackadar. He served our hospital and community 
with love and incredible skill. Limited space prevents 
me from listing the accomplishments of this doctor. 
He was acutely missed and mourned at his untimely 
death. 

Richard and I have two daughters: Lynne Benedict 



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was born in 1948 in Pocatelio; Hope Benedict was 
born in Salmon in 1960. Our grandson Richard was 
born in Salmon in 1968. 

Lynne graduated from Boise State University and 
lives at Boise with her son Richard. Hope is in 
Eugene, Oregon getting a PhD in U. S. History. 

E. Richard Benedict, the son of Richard Benedict 
and Betty Aldrick, was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho in 
1941 and is a dealer in Las Vegas. 

Our grandson, Richard, sings with his group, 
"Crossfire", and performs in various towns in Idaho 
and Oregon. 

Richard Sr. is retired but does prospecting for his 
own amusement and does occasional heavy 
equipment work. 

— Bernice Moore Benedict 
— Roy Moore 

Herbert N. and Eliza Jane Benham 

Herbert N. Benham and his wife Eliza Jane moved 
to Lemhi County, Idaho from Bozeman, Montana 
and 1919 with their children Joe, Jessie, Herbert 
and Peggy. 

Herb had always worked in the timber business. 
He had an opportunity to trade that business for a 
ranch on Fourth of July Creek, and so he traded, 
sight unseen. He and Eliza raised a "truck garden" 
and berries which he delivered to customers in 
Salmon, twenty-two miles away. In winter. Herb, 
attired in a bear skin coat for warmth, delivered 
wood by bobsled, to Salmon. At that time there was 
just a one way road with turn outs from Fourth of 
July Creek to Salmon. 

He traded the Fourth of July Creek property to 
Jack Bowman for his fifteen acres on the Big Flat. 
The family continued raising garden produce and 




Herbert Benham, Eliza Benham, Jessie and Art Niemann 



berries. It was here that Jessie met and married 
Arthur Niemann. 

In a few years. Herb sold the Big Flat acreage, and 
in 1926, bought a larger ranch four miles up the 
Lemhi. The next purchase was Allen Merritt and Walt 
Vardon's dairy business, which was the start of his 
dairy career. A heavy late spring snow storm, which 
bent the budded lilac bushes nearly to the ground, 
almost ruined that career before it was underway. 
Friendly neighbors provided hay to assist 
the family through the crises. This ranch was later 
sold and the family's next move was in 1929, when 
eighty acres, two miles south of Salmon were 
purchased. Herb rented an eighty acre parcel, 
connected on the north to the one he had bought, 
and then finally, purchased that piece also. A dairy 
herd was established. In 1946, he sold the ranch 
and the dairy to Merle and lleta Hoffman. It is the 
present home of Roy and Sharon Hoffman and sons. 

Mr. and Mrs. Benham relocated to the Boise 
Valley to be near their daughter, Jessie, but 
eventually returned to Salmon to retire. 

"Granny" as she was affectionately called, always 
raised a very productive garden and her yard was 
filled with beautiful flowers. 

Eliza Jane Benham preceded her husband in death 
on April 22, 1968 and Herbert N. Benham passed 
away on September 13, 1971. 

— Peggy Parson 



George E. and Mary Sutton Benjamin 

It is not known when the first Benjamin came to 
America. Supposedly, George's grandfather fought in 
the Revolutionary War, but this is not documented. 
George E. Benjamin was born in South Bend, Indiana 
on July 4, 1845. I don't know how many members 
there were in this family, whether they accompanied 
him to Oregon or what date he went to Oregon. 
George E. served with the Oregon Unit during the 
Civil War. After his discharge he made his way to 
Nebraska where he married Mary Jane Sutton on 
April 6, 1870. 

Mary Jane Sutton was born in Elizabeth, Ohio on 
April 6, 1848. Nothing is known about the size of her 
family; when they left Ohio; or when they settled in 
Nebraska. 

George and Mary had eleven children. Several 
were born in Nebraska. One baby, a twin to John 
died at birth, and a daughter. Rose, passed away at 
age sixteen. The others lived long lives. 

George, Mary and the older children traveled on 
the Oregon Trail bound for Oregon. They left the 
Trail at Fort Hall. They took up a homestead near 
the present State Hospital in Blackfoot and later sold 
the land to the hospital. The youngest four or five 
children were born in Blackfoot. 



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Wilson and Bertha Benjamin's wedding 

On April 4, 1895 George, Mary and their five 
children loaded a wagon with possessions and, 
driving their livestock, headed for Salmon, Idaho. 
They had to haul water for the livestock until they 
could get to Root Hog, near the Twin Buttes. There 
they could buy enough water until they could reach 
the Lost River. They travelled up the Little Lost 
River Valley and over into the Pahsimeroi Valley. The 
road down the Salmon River was steep and narrow 
and Mary made the kids get out and walk over the 
bad spots. At that time the road went up above 
Cronks Canyon. The trip took twenty-six days and 
not a drop of rain fell during the entire trip. 

The first place they lived was eight miles up the 
Salmon River. Where the main channel runs today, 
was then a slough. They planted a large garden on 
the island. 

All of the children who came to Salmon with 
George and Mary, were born in Blackfoot; with the 
possible exception of John. 

John Benjamin lived in Salmon for several years. 
He was a Spanish American War Veteran. He and his 
wife, Martha, had six children. He spent his last 
years at the State Soldiers Home in Boise and a 
hospital in Pasco, Washington. 

George W. Benjamin and his wife, Ivie, had three 
daughters. He was a butcher and ran a butcher shop 
in Salmon for many years. He also worked with the 
CCC's and was a clerk at the hotel. 

Wilson "Wils" Benjamin and his wife Bertha owned 
a ranch up the Salmon River. They had two sons 
and a daughter. Prior to his marriage he worked for 
the Forest Service on a survey crew in the Middle 
Fork and lower Salmon River areas. He also worked 
at the Indian Agency Store. He enjoyed his work and 
always got along well with the Indians. He learned to 



speak their language and was concerned with the 
Indian's plight. 

Julia Benjamin left Salmon and spent her adult life 
in California. She had one son. 

Raymond Benjamin ranched up the Lemhi for a 
number of years. He and his wife, Ava, had two 
daughters. The family moved to California. He spent 
his later years in Washington. 

George E. Benjamin and Mary Benjamin spent 
their last years in California to be near their 
daughters. George passed away on September 8, 
1922 and Mary passed away on January 17, 1935. 

— Rose Mary Hocking 

George W. and Ivie Brown Benjamin 

George W. Benjamin was born on April 1, 1884 in 
Blackfoot, Idaho and was one of eleven children. His 
parents were George E. and Mary Sutton Benjamin. 
The family moved to Salmon, Idaho in April of 1895. 
In September of 1907 George and Ivie Brown were 
married. 

Ivie Brown was born on December 25, 1887 in 
Salmon, Idaho, the daughter of William Brown and 
Nellie Estelle Kenney. She was the granddaughter of 
George Alexander Kenney who was the first Indian 
Agency Doctor in Lemhi County. Ivie grew up in 
Salmon and attended Salmon schools and also St. 
Margaret's Episcopal Academy in Boise. George and 
Ivie were the parents of three children; Clarice , 
Virginia and Carrie. 

George was a butcher by trade and owned meat 
markets in Blackfoot, Gilmore, and Salmon during 
his active lifetime. His partner was John McKinney. 
He was also a foreman during the 1930's for the 
CCC Corps, and played an important role in the 
construction of the rock wall "holding up" the bar 
hill in Salmon. He also worked for the Herndon 
Hotel. 

George loved gardening and landscaping and kept 
busy with this hobby. The flowers and garden of his 
and Ivie's home, presently the Methodist parsonage, 
was one of the most beautiful in Salmon. This home 
and the present Gwartney home, west of the County 
Court House, were both built by the Brown family. 

Ivie was active in the Episcopal Church, the 
Episcopal Guild, the Garden Club and the Rebekah 
Lodge. She passed away on April 17, 1950 in 
Salmon, Idaho. 

After Ivie's death George married Cleo Barr, a 
long-time friend. In 1956 they moved to Oceanside, 
California. Cleo died in 1958, and George then 
married Juda, a Danish woman. They met in 
Missoula, married there and then moved to 
Oceanside, California. In 1964 they returned to 
Salmon and lived with George's daughter and son-in- 
law, Virginia and Al LaMaire. Juda passed away 
shortly after their return from California. 



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Another family picnic • 1913 Front: Nell Kenney Brown Gahan, Clarice Benjamin -age 5, unknown • Ivie's sister ?, Carrie Benjamin • age 
1 Back: George Benjamin, Virginia Benjamin - age 3, Ivie Brown Benjamin 



George W. Benjamin died in Salmon, Idaho on 
June 2, 1969. This writer remembers her 
grandfather as very tall, always smoking a pipe, and 
his language was "somewhat colorful", to say the 
least! He loved cats and kids, and he called each cat 
by the same name, John Thomas. I also rememeber 
that Grandpa was afraid to be alone. He said that as 
a child he was put into a barn in the dark. He and all 
the family loved to go on picnics. The women would 
cook for days getting ready to head for the woods. 
The family also hunted, fished, picked huckleberries, 
and just enjoyed the mountains together. George 
loved to go on the hunting trips, but had "buck 
fever" so badly that rarely did he succeed in 
bringing home any game. His skills as a butcher were 
unequaled, however, and he always processed the 
game for the family members and that sustained 
everyone through hard times. 

There will never be a more colorful character 
than George Benjamin. In the book, Lookout Wife, he 
is mentioned several times. His gardens, landscaping 
and "unique" language will be remembered for 
generations to come. 

— Judith M. Seeger Hallett 
— Sharon D. Tipton 



Lucille Peterson Benson Benjamin 

I joined the family of Ira and Julia Dunn Peterson 
on March 3, 1917. I was number six. There were 
Ruth, James, Russell, Iris and Vernal. When I was 
five years old we moved to Paris, Idaho. My father's 
mail route was up the Utah border to Laketown at 
Bear Lake. 

Two more brothers joined the family: Fay L. 
Peterson and Earl, who died of meningitis at the age 
of eighteen months. I graduated from the eighth 
grade at Paris, then we moved to Montpelier where 
my father was in the car business and was a 
rancher. 

I graduated from Montpelier in May of 1935 and 
left the following day for beauty school in Utah. I 
arrived in Salmon in January, 1936, having finished 
school at the Ex-cel-cis School of Beauty in Salt Lake 
City, Utah. Lila Lee, who owned a beauty shop in 
Salmon had called my school and asked for an 
operator, and I was given the opportunity to come 
to Salmon. The stagecoach driver let me out at Lila 
Lee's Beauty Shop and they welcomed me with open 
arms. Lila Lee and Margaret Pyeatt were the 
operators and I started work the next morning. I 
have counted my blessings for having the 



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opportunity to live and work in this beautiful country. 

The clientele at Lilas was wonderful. Some women 
that I remember were Clio Bellamy, Cassie Starr, 
Loula Carpenter, Mrs Floyd Goodell, Mrs. Kester 
Soule, Mrs. George Benjamin, Mrs. Ned Smith, Rose 
Demick Becker, Hazel McFrederick and Sarah 
Andrews. 

Many ladies had Marcels: waves made with curling 
irons that were heated in electric stoves. I did lots of 
finger waving, and wave clamps helped to make the 
waves deeper and hold longer. Permanents were 
given with quite heavy equipment. The hair was 
rolled and stretched on heavy rods and clamped into 
locks, keeping the roll tight. Then they were heated 
with electric heaters that were clamped on the 
rolled hair over a pad that was wet with a solution to 
set the curl. The prices were low compared with 
today. 

I married Lev Benson on May 12, 1937. We moved 
to Leadore and lived on the old Benson Ranch. On 
August 24, 1938 our daughter Sandra Norine was 
born. We moved back to Salmon in 1940 and I again 
went to work for Lila Lee. 

In 1948 Lev went to work for the Calera Mining 
Company at Cobalt. The only housing there was the 
bunk houses for the men, so Sandra and I stayed in 
Salmon. In 1950 the mining company made loans 
available for the employees to build houses. About 
fifty families built homes, helping one another after 
work and on weekends. We built a garage and lived 
in it for two summers while building our home. 

They built a schoolhouse at Cobalt, and Sandra 
was in the first graduating class of the eighth grade 
with Nita Greig, Sharon Miller, Milford Schofield, 
Frank Wiederrick and Gary Greig. 

There was a recreation hall where many found 
their lives filled with dancing, bowling, and card 
parties. There was a skating rink in the winter and 
fishing in the summer. I worked in the post office 
when it became a third class post office and loved it. 




Lila Lee (at phone), Lucille Peterson and Margaret Pyeatt 
(operators) - January 1936 



My daughter, Sandra, married Clair Thornock from 
Challis, Idaho on February 7, 1957 at our home in 
Cobalt. They had two daughters, DeAnna and 
Norine. Sandra passed away on May 30, 1970 and is 
buried in Republic, Washington, their home place. 

When the mine shut down we moved our house to 
Salmon to 110 Kay Street and I still live there. Lev 
Passed away May 30, 1966. 

I married Ed Benjamin on June 21, 1967. In the 
past twenty-four years we have built onto our house 
and enjoyed many good friendships. Ed owned the 
Discount Tire Shop on the corner of Main and Challis 
Streets and maintained a good business. He sold it 
and retired in 1988. 

— Lucille Benjamin 



Wilson E. and Bertha Huffman Benjamin 

Wilson "Wils" was born on December 25, 1885 at 
Blackfoot, Idaho, the ninth child of George and Mary 
Sutton Benjamin. He came to Lemhi County in 1895 
with the family. Wils attended the Lincoln School in 
Salmon, completing all courses offered. On 
December 6, 1916 he married Bertha Huffman. 

Bertha was born in Peterton, Kansas on October 
2, 1888. She was the second child of Albert and 
Mary Huffman. She also attended the Lincoln School 
in Salmon and graduated from high school in Dillon, 
Montana in 1909. 

Wils, in 1915, had purchased a homestead from 
Homer Y. (Smokey) Harris, that was located on Deer 
Creek up the River. The same year Wils took up a 
two hundred acre desert claim. Bertha and Wils 
raised cattle, garden produce and hay. He sold 
garden produce, door to door, in the Challis area 
during the Depression. 

Three children were born to Wils and Bertha. 
Edward was born at home on October 31. Carlos 
was born at the Schultz Ranch on October 19, 1922 
and Rose Mary was born at the Rose Hospital (now 
the Shady Nook Inn) on March 5, 1931. In the 
winter of 1931 the river gorged and took out the 
bridge and Bertha went to town six weeks early, to 
be sure that she would have medical care for her 
delivery. 

The first years the couple lived on the ranch, 
there wasn't a bridge across the river. They used a 
boat or a team and wagon to ford the river. It was 
during that time that Bertha was bitten by a 
rattlesnake. Wils was helping a neighbor, but Bertha 
had a telephone and was able to get help. Dave 
Schultz swam the river to get the boat and took her 
over to the road where someone furnished a car to 
take her to the doctor. 

The boys, Edward and Carlos, joined in a 
partnership with their dad in operating the ranch 
after they finished their schooling. All three kids 



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attended the Iron Creek School. Ed went to 
California for his first year of high school. He 
graduated from Challis High School in 1937 where 
he was active in sports. 

Carlos graduated from Challis High School in 1941 
and was active in wrestling. He attended college in 
Pocatello for one year. He joined the Marine Corp 
during World War II. He was wounded at Iwo Jima. 
After his discharge he attended and graduated from 
the University of Idaho in 1949. 

Rose graduated from Salmon High School in 1949. 
She attended Idaho State and University of Idaho, 
graduating in 1953. 




Edward, Rose and Carlos Benjamin New Years Day 1942 

The ranch was sold in 1952. Bertha's health was 
the deciding factor. The next few years Wils and 
Bertha lived in Montana, Northern Idaho and 
Washington. On August 14, 1956 Bertha gave up her 
long battle with cancer in Grandview, Washington. 

Shortly after Bertha's death, Wils moved to 
Oroville, California and lived there about ten years. 
He died of cancer on January 26, 1966. Both Bertha 
and Wils were returned to Salmon, Idaho for burial. 

After the ranch was sold, Ed worked in heavy 
equipment construction. He owned and operated the 
Discount Tire Store for many years. He sold the 
business and retired at age seventy. He married 
Lucille Benson in June 1967. Ed has always enjoyed 
hunting and fishing. He is the only family member 
still living in Lemhi County. 

Carlos went to Washington where he worked as a 



salesman, ran a service station, worked in a steel 
mill and on the Alaskan pipeline. He married Ardis 
DeJong in 1961 and they have two daughters and 
one granddaughter. 

Rose married Thomas A. Hocking of Howe on 
September 10, 1952. She and Tom lived in Moscow 
for four years and in 1956 they moved to Illinois. 
Tom went to work for International Harvester and 
Rose became a Junior High math teacher. They 
have four children and ten grandchildren. They are 
now retired. 

— Rose Mary Benjamin Hocking 

Johnnie Jewel Bennett 

Johnnie Jewel Bennett was born November 2, 
1903 in Dykes Missouri, the son of Andrew Theodore 
and Mary Emily Kelly Bennett. 

He came to Salmon, Idaho with his parents and 
sister Jessie Emily and brother Ralph Ray in 1910. In 
1913 another sister, Mata Carrie, joined the family. 
He was educated in the Salmon schools. In 1924 he 
married Emma May Coles, daughter of John Henry 
and Fannie Margaret Long Coles. They made their 
home in Salmon until 1936 when the family moved 
to the Coles Ranch north of Salmon and lived there 
until 
1945. 

To this union four children were born: Elaine 
Leanna, Ardelle Burdette, Barbara Jean and Johnny 
Raymond. 











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Front: Barbara Bennett Back: Elaine Bennett, Johnny Bennett, 
Johnnie J. Bennett, Ardella Bennett 



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In 1943 Johnnie's wife May passed away. He 
married Emma Loyed Bacus in 1945 at Deer Lodge. 
Montana. 

He purchased the Bennett Transfer from his father 
in 1945 and operated it until 1949 when he sold it. 
At this time he was appointed Salmon City Water 
Superintendent and City Foreman and held this 
position for five years as well as Chief of the Salmon 
Volunteer Fire Department until the time of his 
death in 1954. 

All of Johnnies's children are living in or near 
Salmon. Elaine Burch has three Children; Ronald 
Devon Burch, Aria Areva Boots and James Lee Burch 
and also six grandchildren. 

Ardelle Demick has one daughter, Julie May 
Demick and one grandson. 

Barbara Westfall has four sons; Michael Anthony 
Westfall, John Shane Westfall, Jeffrey Dean Westfall, 
Timothy Joe Westfall and fifteen grandchildren. 

Johnny Bennett has three children; John Fredrick 
Bennett and Michael James Bennett, twins, and 
Susan Joyce Bennett and two granddaughters. 

— Barbara Bennett Westfall 



Ralph Ray and Marie Lindskog Bennett 

Ralph Ray Bennett was born on September 21, 
1909 at Bado, Missouri. He was the son of Andrew 
Theodore (Dorie) Bennett and Mary Emily Kelly. His 
brother was John Jewel Bennett, and his sisters 
were Jessie Emily (Guimont) and Mata Carrie 
(Mulkey).As a young man Ray worked for his father 
at the Bannett Transfer Company and the Texaco 
Company. He later owned the Club Pool Hall, once 
located where McPherson's mens department is 
now, later it was moved down on the next block 
beside Quality Motors. It closed and went out of 
business in 1954. For seven years Ray worked for 
Walter Harris at the IGA Store. During World War II 
Ray served in the U. S. Army from December 18, 
1942 until November 9, 1945. He received the 
European Theatre ribbon, three overseas bars, the 
Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal and American 
Theatre ribbon. 

Ray married Margaret Carl and they were 
divorced. Ray later married Marie Charlotte Lindskog 
on December 3, 1949 at Deer Lodge, Montana, he 
became the stepfather of Marie's four children, 
Terry, Pat, Juanita and Boyd. He was loved and 
respected; they could always go to him for help and 
advice. 

Terry and Vontella Foster Wheeler's children are 
Tony Ray, Teena Marie, Terry Lavare, Tammy Lillian 
and Tauny Lorraine. 

Pat and Scoop Aldous' children are Teresa Marie, 
Marlene Elizabeth, Rodney Brent and Leslie Kevin. 





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Ralph Ray Bennett and Marie Lindskog Bennett 

Juanita and Bob Charlton's children are Ray Roy 
Thompson, Cindy Kay, Frank, and Robert Kent. 

Boyd and Eileen Yeager's children are Tiffany, Amy 
Elizabeth, Stacie LaDawn, Jennifer, and Amanda 
Jean. 

Marie Lindskog was born on July 15, 1915 at 
Moore, Idaho, the daughter of John Sivorene 
Lindskog and Annie Kirstene Jeppesen. She had five 
brothers; Golden J. Knudson, Leonard P. Knudson, 
John J. Lindskog, Orion E. Lindskog and Harvey 0. 
Lindskog. She had one sister, Annie Grace Blood. 
Marie was twelve years old when her father died, 
leaving her mother with five children to raise. She 
had to quit school in order to help out. When Marie 
was young, she worked very hard to help her 
mother and also after marriage, raising her own four 
children. It was not until she married Ray that her 
life became easier. 

When Ray and Marie were raising their family, they 
lived on Hope Street. Due to lack of employment, 
they rented their home and moved to Mammoth 
Lakes, California, where Ray operated a grader for 
the County. Ray's health failed and forced him to 
retire a little earlier than he had planned. 

When Ray retired in 1972 they moved back to 
Lemhi County where they both grew up. They 
bought a piece of property from Marie's cousin Buzz 
Jeppesen on Fourth of July Creek. There they had a 
new trailer home installed on the property and put in 
a beautiful yard. They raised some of the most 
beautiful flowers on the creek and lived there until 
their deaths. 

Marie loved a good man, loved to dance, and 
loved to have a good time. Ray, who passed away 
on February 21, 1977, was one of the world's best 
Grandpas and was loved by all his grandchildren. 
They had thirty-one great grandchildren. Marie 
Bennett passed away on August 23, 1990. 

— Pat Aldous 



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Front: Claude H. Benson, Hent7 W. Benson, Nora Yearian Benson 
Back: Ida Benson, Levin Benson-circa 1902 



Claude H. and Nora Yearian Benson 

Claude Henderson Benson, born in Union, Oregon 
on April 15, 1871, arrived in Lemhi County, Idaho in 
June 1889 and settled in the old town of Junction 
near the present location of Leadore. Family history 
has it that he helped drive a herd of horses into the 
valley from Oregon, searching for good ranch land 
and a good life; he found both. The Benson Ranch in 
the upper Lemhi is still a viable, productive range 
today: unique, in that there is a very large natural 
spring on the property. 

Claude Benson married Nora Yearian on April 2, 
1893 and they made their home on the ranch on 
the upper Lemhi. Nora E. Yearian, daughter of Henry 
Wells Yearian and Mary F. Yearian, was born in 
Galatia, Illinois on September 27, 1875 and came 
with her parents to Lemhi County in March 1886, 
settling in Junction. 

Four children were born to Claude and Nora 
Benson; Levin, Ida, Henry Wells, November 11,1898, 
and Violet, November 23, 1910. They instilled a love 
of music in their children and young Henry "Hank", 
with his fiddle, was much in demand at dances up 
and down the Lemhi. Violet, also known as Babe, 
played the piano. The Benson family had one of the 
first gramophones in the valley. 

Levin Benson married, and he and his wife Lucille 
had a daughter, Sandra Benson, now deceased. 

Ida Benson married Charles Noble. Their three 
children were Glenn; Don, who is still living In 
Leadore; and Mary Lou Noble. 

Henry "Hank" Wells Benson married Ruth P. 
Barrow and their six children were Claude Henry, 
Betty Lenore, Ernestine Violet "Tina", Mary Ann, 
EInora Ruth "Nornie", and George Barrow Benson. 

Violet "Babe" married Everett "Hap" Denny. They 
had no children, and Hap still lives in Salmon. 



Claude Henderson Benson and Nora Yearian 
Benson died within six months of each other. Their 
daughter Violet postponed her marriage to Everett 
Denny for two years to care for her mother. Claude 
died in the summer of 1933 and Nora the next 
winter, in 1934. 

— EInora Isley 
— Mary Ann Cooper 



Henry Wells and Ruth Barrow Benson 

Henry Wells "Hank" Benson, one of the four 
children of Claude Henderson Benson and Nora E. 
Yearian, was born on November 11, 1898 in Lemhi 
County, Idaho. Henry attended the University of 
Idaho at Moscow and was a member of the student 
army during the first World War. He and Ruth 
Purcella Barrow grew up on neighboring ranches in 
the Leadore area. The Benson ranch was the 
"Quarter Circle Eleven", and the Barrow Ranch was 
the "U Bar". On June 29, 1921 Henry married Ruth 
Purcella Barrow in Dillon, Montana. They eloped, 
making the round trip from Leadore to Dillon on the 
Gilmore and Pittsburgh Railroad. Story has it that on 
the return trip Hank stepped off the train at one of 
the switch backs and picked a wild flower bouquet 
for his new bride and had no trouble getting back on 
the train at the next switch back. The G & P was 
notoriously slow! Henry and Ruth's honeymoon was 
a camping trip up under Gunsight Peak, a Leadore 
landmark, and they got snowed on. 

Ruth, the daughter of George Barrow and Anna 
Mary Olstead, had one brother, George, who 
married Florence Vezina. She had a sister, Marie 
who married Oscar Carlson; and a sister Florence, 
(Jimmy or Aunt Jim), who was married several 
times, one husband was Emil Burch. 

Henry and Ruth Benson's six children were: 
Claude Henry, born March 13, 1922; Betty Lenore, 
born February 12, 1924; Ernestine Violet "Tina", 
born February 6, 1927; Mary Ann, born January 19, 
1932; EInora Ruth "Nornie", born March 14, 1935; 
and George Barrow, born July 13, 1938. 

Henry and Ruth ranched in the Leadore area, but 
after Claude and Betty started to school the family 
spent winters in the Benson home in Clark Addition 
at Leadore. During the depression in the 1930's, 
Henry worked In the mines at Gilmore and on 
construction of the "new road" up Railroad Canyon 
to Armstead, Montana; anything to keep food on the 
table for his growing family. Claude and Betty 
graduated from Leadore High School. 

In the spring of 1941 Henry bought the Smoke 



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House from Fred Viel and moved the family to 
Salmon for that summer. In the fall. Betty was to 
enroll as a freshman at the University of Montana in 
Missoula, so Ruth and the children went to Missoula 
for the school year. When World War II was declared 
in December of that year, young Claude joined the 
Navy and fought in the South Pacific for four years. 
He served aboard the repair ship, USS Vestal. Ruth 
and the children spent the winters in Missoula until 
after Mary Ann had graduated from high school in 
1949. Tina had also graduated from Missoula High 
School. 

Henry's business prospered during the war years 
and he eventually purchased the Hughes Creek 
Sawmill and the Motel Deluxe. The Hughes Creek 
Mill burned to the ground about a year after he 
bought it, so he bought the old Railroad Depot in 
Salmon and re-built the Benson Sawmill around it. At 
one point in the early 1950's Hank Benson was the 
largest private employer in Lemhi County. Henry 
sold the Benson Sawmill to Intermountain Lumber in 
1952. The Smoke House continued to prosper even 





Henry Benson about 1940 



FRONT: EInora, Ruth, George, Henry Benson 
BACK: Betty, Ernestine, Mary Ann Benson 



after local option gambling was taken out in the 
early 1950's. 

Henry had moved Ruth and their two youngest 
children back to Salmon in 1948. Nornie graduated 
from Salmon High School in 1954 and George in 
1956; both attended the University of Idaho. 

Henry Benson was renowned in the late 1950's 
and early 1960's as a small bore precision rifleman. 
He was selected for the 1964 Olympics in Munich, 
West Germany, but elected not to attend. One of his 
good friends was sent in his stead, borrowed Henry's 
best rifle, and together they won a Gold Medal! 
Henry was known to his shooting friends as "Mr. 
1600" because, at one point in his career, he held 
the record for the most 1600 possibles, a perfect 
aggregate score. He was a lifetime member of the 
National Rifleman's Association and a member of 
their board of directors. He was well known for his 
generosity in helping young, talented small bore 
shooters. 

Henry's son Claude Benson married Josephine 
Drnjevic in 1948 and worked with his father in the 
logging business. He and Josephine moved to 
Horseshoe Bend, Idaho in the mid 1950's. They had 
no children. Claude was killed in a truck accident in 
1969. 

Betty Benson married three times, but had no 
children. She returned to Salmon in 1968 where she 
operated Betty's Gift and Floral. She died as Betty 
Dunn in Arizona in October of 1990. 

Ernestine married Jim St. Amour while living in 
Missoula, Montana and has never lived in Salmon 
since her marriage. Tina and Jim had a son, Mark, 
and were later divorced. She then married Fred 
Rutledge and they had a son, Fred. 

Mary Ann married Ronald Lee Cooper of Boyle 
Creek (Tower Creek) and they have lived in 
Anchorage, Alaska since 1956. They have three 



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children: Dianne Marie, born April 4, 1951; Jeffrey 
Alan, born August 12, 1952; and Michael John, born 
May 24, 1954. Dianne married Lawrence Michael 
Valasquez and they have two daughters; Maria and 
Michele. Jeffrey married Cynthia Kozak of Winnipeg, 
Manitoba, Canada. Michael married Deborah 
Davidson of Rupert, Idaho, and they have four 
children: Angela, Ryan, Brenda and Kevin, twins. 

EInora "Nornie" married Mike Isley, son of Bob 
and Rose Isley of Salmon in 1956. Their three 
children were: Leslie, Michael and Bettina. They 
were later divorced. 

George married Linda King of Iowa. They live in 
Anchorage and have four children: Braden, Kirk, 
Nate, and Tara. 

Henry "Hank" Wells Benson died in April of 1967 
and Ruth Barrow Benson died in September of 1985. 

— EInora Isley 
— Mary Ann Cooper 

Scott and Mary Ramey Benton 

Scott Alan Benton was born on January 10, 1955, 
in Steele Memorial Hospital in Salmon, Idaho. He is 
the oldest of three children born to Victor C. and 
Jeannette Erickson Benton. Scott attended grade 
school at Pioneer Elementary School. He began 
working in electronics in 1966 at C.R.T.V. and 
Electric in Salmon and continued until 1973, when 




FRONT: Joshua MIDDLE: Jonathan , Mary BACK: Scott 



he graduated from Salmon High School. He also 
worked at KSRA Radio prior to high school 
graduation. Scott studied Electronics Engineering at 
Ricks College in 1974. He received a First Class 
Radio/Telephone license in 1975 after attending the 
Hoskins School of Broadcasting in Boise, Idaho. He 
returned to KSRA and also repaired local television 
translators until he began working at Lemhi 
Telephone Company (now Century Telephone of 
Idaho) in April of 1977. He joined the Salmon 
Volunteer Fire Department in 1979. 

Scott met Mary Gwen Ramey in 1977. She is the 
youngest of five children born to Ernest K. and 
Eleanor Gwynne Lambert Ramey. She was born in 
Burley, Idaho , July 9, 1958, but was raised in 
Rupert, Idaho, until her parents moved to Salmon in 
1975. Mary graduated from Salmon High School in 
1975. Her parents later moved to Pocatello, Idaho. 

Scott and Mary were married June 17, 1978, 
following her graduation from Ricks College. 

Mary has always enjoyed sewing. What began as a 
hobby, has now developed into a flourishing business 
with many customers for whom she sews on a 
regular basis. 

Scott and Mary have two sons: Jonathan Alan, 
born January 7, 1982, and Joshua Eric, born 
December 13, 1984. 

— Jean Benton 

Victor Calvin and Jeannette Errickson 
Benton 

Victor Calvin Benton was born February 29, 1920, 
in North Woodstock, New Hampshire. His father was 
Irving Wilfred Benton, who was born in New 
Hampshire on October 2, 1876. His mother, Eleanor 
Adelaide Williamson, was born in Troy, New York, 
July 8, 1887. 

Jeannette Errickson was born on August 9, 1925, 
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her father was Walter 
Burr Errickson, born is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 
June 23, 1892. Her mother was Elizabeth Anne 
Maier, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 
23, 1897. 

Vic Benton was a country boy from North 
Woodstock, New Hampshire, serving in the United 
States Army during World War II, when he was 
introduced to Jean Errickson, a city girl from 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by his cousin, who was 
also her best friend. They dated whenever he got a 
furlough and they corresponded until after the war 
ended. After returning from overseas, he went back 
to New Hampshire but they continued to write and 
phone each other. They wanted to marry, but 
couldn't decide whether he should move to 
Philadelphia, or whether she should move to New 
Hampshire. They finally decided Vic would move to 



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FRONT ROW: Vicki and Mark BACK ROW: Scott, Jean and Vic 

Philadelphia. They were married on September 14, 
1946. Vic got a job in a lumber yard and Jean 
continued to work at her job with the Pennsylvania 
Railroad. They decided to build their own home in 
the suburbs and in 1948, when their rented house 
was sold, they moved into their unfinished house. 

In 1954, after several trips to Idaho to visit Jean's 
mother and step-father, Betty and Maynard Leslie, 
they decided to move west. They sold their home, 
bought a new car and headed for Salmon. Vic went 
to work at Lemhi Lumber and they started their 
family. 

In 1966, when their youngest son started school, 
Jean went to work at Herndon Insurance Agency. 
After 31 years at the lumber yard, Vic retired in 
1985; and after 22 years in the insurance business, 
Jean retired in 1988. To celebrate their retirement, 
they took a six week trip by train to Florida and the 
east coast to visit relatives and friends they had not 
seen for 25 years. 

Vic likes to fish and ski. Jean is a Hospice 
volunteer and enjoys gardening and needlework. 
They both enjoy walking and biking. 

They have three grown children; Scott, who lives 
in Salmon, Vicki who lives in Challis, and Mark who 
lives in Montpelier. They have four grandchildren; 
Jonathan and Joshua Benton and Ashley and Becky 
Armbruster. 



-Jean Benton 



Isabelle Berridge 



In 1915 my mother left Banks, Oregon and came 
to Idaho, where my dad was. I was one year old. 
Mom and Dad did not get along; so she left him and 
married Ross Ferris. 

The government turned some Indian land loose 
and a lot of young men from Michigan took up 
homesteads. Among them was my Dad, Jud 
Berridge, Ross Ferris, Clyde and Dolph Tillotson. 



Ross built a two-room house on his land. In later 
years, two more rooms were added. We were poor 
people. It took quite a little time to put things 
together. Ross worked for neighbors part time to get 
a team and cows. Mom wanted a horse. Frank 
Schultz had one and she washed clothes to pay for 
the horse. She cost forty dollars and Mom got fifty 
cents per washing. We ate venison, sage hens, 
rabbits and fish. Mom always raised a big garden and 
canned a lot for winter. Ross also trapped coyotes 
and muskrats in the winter. Mrs. Yearian gave us 
bum lambs in the spring and they paid for our 
clothes. Mom raised turkeys to pay the taxes. They 
sold eggs and cream to buy groceries. 

I went to school at the D.C. School. There were 
sixteen to eighteen kids in eight grades. I rode a 
horse a mile to school. In the winter when it got 
below zero my feet would be numb and I would fall 
down when I got off the horse. I was the only one 
who did not have a sibling in school; so I fought a 
lot — the copper-toed shoes made good ammunition. 

Many children had to ride or walk miles to school. 
The Sims children walked four miles and they were 
always on time. We had dances at the school and 
people came from miles around. I graduated from 
school in 1927. Monte Dole graduated with me. He 
was killed by lightning four years later. 

I was the first one from the district to go to high 
school. What a surprise Salmon was! Electric lights, 
sidewalks, radios and telephone; but no plumbing. 
Still the out-house and a bath in the laundry on 
Saturday night. I never had a bath in a real tub and 
did not live where there was water in the house until 
after I was married. 

I graduated from high school in 1932. We had 
three classrooms, a science laboratory, and a study 
hall. There were about one hundred children in four 
classes. Our class was the largest class to graduate 
at the time. There were thirty two of us. 

When I finished high school I had two choices; get 
married or stay home and farm. I chose to marry 
Everett Hill in 1932. He died in 1935. I was left with 
a baby and no job. I went to work for some of the 
better fixed ladies for twenty five cents an hour. I 
sure scrubbed a lot of floors on my hands and 
knees. One woman would not let me eat with them 
but would feed me well when they were through. 

In 1941 I married Archie England and spent the 
next two summers in the Middlefork area following 
the sheep. In 1942 we went to Pocatello and Archie 
worked for the railroad. I worked for the army until 
the end of the war. 

Then we farmed for awhile and later moved to 
Emmett, Idaho, where we raised our family of three 
children and have stayed twenty nine years. We will 
celebrate fifty years together this year. 

— Isabelle Berridge Hill England 



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Fred S. and Mary Be Van 

Fred BeVan Sr. was born in Stavenger, Norway in 
1872. His parents had a little farm and he herded 
the sheep and goats for them when he was about 
ten years old. There he met Mary (Marie) Ingvaldson 
(Incavoltson) when she was about eleven years old 
and they remained friends. Fred left Norway by ship 
and arrived in New York in 1892. He did whatever 
work was available and at one time worked on a 
ranch in Minnesota. He spoke little or no English 
when he arrived and one official, perhaps at Ellis 
Island, said, "Your name is Johnson". For years he 
was known by that name. 

After working for some time he returned to 
Norway in 1893 and brought Mary Ingvaldson to the 
United States. They were married in New York in 
1894 and lived there for some time. Later he 
worked on a ranch in Jamestown, New York until 
news of the gold strike at Helena, Montana reached 
them. After traveling to Helena, they lived and 
worked on a ranch owned by their good friends Mr. 
and Mrs. Mattice, who were also from Norway. While 
living there four sons were born to Fred and Mary: 
Bonner, in 1895; Fred Jr., in 1896; Magnus in 1898; 
and Torvil on June 7, 1899. 

The gold strike at Gilmore, Idaho drew Fred there 
and after securing a job, he sent for his family to 
join him. They came on the freight wagons from 
Marysville, Montana, through Duboise to Gilmore. 
Gilmore was a new town then and the four boys 
were among the first to go to school there. The first 
school was a tent and dynamite boxes were used for 
desks and seats. The older boys had cans to spit in 
beside their boxes, as they chewed tobacco or used 
snuff. 

Fred still spoke broken English when he went to 
get his citizenship papers. His name in Norway may 
have been Beverson, but from that time on he was 
known as Fred BeVan. 








Mary and Fred BeVan 



After four years at Gilmore, the BeVan family 
moved to Salmon in 1904. Fred got work at the 
Singiser, Rabbitfoot and other mines while the family 
lived at Salmon. The boys went to school and 
worked at whatever odd jobs a young boy could do. 

Another move took the family to Ulysses, where 
Fred worked in the Kitty Burton Mine. They lived 
there until they moved to a small homestead on 
Indian Creek below the mine. Fred continued to 
work at the mine and the boys attended school and 
grew up on the ranch there, clearing fields and 
putting up hay for the cows they later bought. As 
they grew older the boys worked on ranches, in the 
mines, or for the Forest Service. Later they each 
had a small ranch of their own. 

In 1927 Margaret Steele arrived in Shoup to teach 
at the school there. In 1928 she and Torvil, Fred 
BeVan's youngest son, were married. They had two 
sons, Larry and Gary. Fred BeVan Jr. married Lucille 
Goddard and their son was Robert Lee BeVan. 
Magnus married Hazel Swett and they had a 
daughter Verda and a son, Hilliard. Bonner married 
Martha Mattice and their son was Frank Sheldon 
BeVan. He was named after Dr. Frank S. Wright, a 
Salmon doctor. 

The senior BeVans stayed on at the Indian Creek 
Ranch until they were unable to work due to age. 
They sold the place to Miss Margaret Perry 
Fruehauf, a movie star, who in turn sold it to Jack 
Becker of Salmon. 

Fred died in early June of 1959 and both he and 
Mary BeVan are buried in the Salmon Cemetery, as 
are their sons Fred Jr., Magnus and Torvil. The 
fourth son, Bonner, is buried at Helena, Montana. 

The only descendant of the family still living in 
Lemhi County is Hazel BeVan Rood of Salmon. 
Hilliard BeVan owns a ranch on Panther Creek, but 
has not lived there for some time, and makes his 
home in Colorado. Verda BeVan Broadbent lives in 
Challis, Idaho; Margaret Steele BeVan St. John lives 
in Moscow, Idaho; Robert Lee BeVan is in the 
Seattle, Washington area; Frank BeVan lives in 
Jacksonville, Florida; Larry and Gary BeVan are in 
Moscow. 

Fred and Mary BeVan were truly pioneers. They 
lived quietly and simply through the many changes 
in their lives and were respected members of their 
community. 

— Margaret St. John 
— Hazel BeVan Rood 



Gary BeVan 

I was born in Salmon, in the Wilkes house, Ruth 
and Mike, on the bar September 2, 1939. Ruth was 
a nurse. My parents were Torril and Margaret BeVan. 
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FRONT ROW: Gary Sr., Marilina BACK ROW: Gary 



Creek, below the Northfork of the Salmon River. 

My mother had been teaching school in the log 
school house, which still stands. It was built by the 
C.C.C. boys. My father was working for the U.S. 
Forest Service and getting our winter wood. I never 
got to know my father; as he died when I was three 
years old. We left the Salmon area after that and 
moved to San Diego. California. My mother got a job 
working for Solar Aircraft; shipping and inspecting 
aircraft parts for the war effort. We stayed there 
until my mother married Ted St. John. He got 
discharged from the Army Air Corps. Ted's brother 
Fred owned a place at the mouth of Clear Creek; 
which runs into Big Creek, now Panther Creek. We 
moved back to Salmon. 

I grew up attending Brooklyn Grade School and 
Salmon High School. I liked to play basketball, 
baseball, innertube the Salmon, go to the Salmon 
Hot Springs, see shows at the Roxy Theater, and fish 
for trout and whitefish. At sixteen I joined the Army 
National Guard, Co. B. 882 Eng. B.N., as well as 
working for B and B Foods as a butcher's helper. I 
owned a 1947 Studebaker Champion. 

Upon graduation from high school in 1957 I joined 
the United States Air Force for four year. I was 
stationed in San Antonio, Texas, Tucson, Arizona, 
Guam, and Amarillo, Texas. In October, 1964 I was 
Honorably discharged from the United States Air 
Force. I had moved to Moscow to work with my 
brother at Inland Motor Freight; which was later 
bought by Garrett Freightlines. 

In 1961 I married Patricia Rich, whom I had met in 
Texas. We had two sons; Jeffrey and Kevin. We lived 
in Palouse, Washington for a time and then moved 
to Dallas, Texas. Patricia was a housewife while I was 
a plumbing warehouse assistant manager and then a 
ladies shoe salesman for Volk Brothers in their 
Highland Park Store. 



In 1963 I moved back to Moscow. I worked at Neil 
Tire and Garrett Freightlines in Colfax, Washington. I 
was transferred by Garrett to Moscow where I later 
sustained an injury to my foot. I had to quit Garrett 
and went to work for Potlatch Forest. My foot got so 
bad I had to get it operated on. I then became the 
head inspector for the Moscow Residency, Idaho 
Department of Highways, after going to the 
appropriate schools. I then worked building 
construction in the Moscow Pullman area, including 
the major buildings on the University of Idaho and 
the Washington State University campuses. In 
October 1970 I shot a Boone and Crocket typical 
mule deer. 

Also in 1970 I married Christine Hansen, from East 
Grand Rapids, Michigan. She had two children, Tom 
and Norine. She managed Scott's Floral in Moscow. 
A daughter, Marilina was born in Pullman, 
Washington. We moved to Salmon with designs on 
buying Holland Floral. A son Gary was born in 
September 1973. I worked for V-1 Oil and Propane 
as a driver. Two weeks before I took over as 
manager at Salmon, the owner sold the company to 
Van Gas Propane. I worked at various jobs after that; 
serviceman at Van Gas, l-Supply as a salesman. 
Merman's Feed as a salesman, and then at Arnold's 
Auto to learn the radiator repair trade. I bought the 
shop from him April 1975 and moved it to my 
residence property at the corner of Shoup and 
Margaret Streets. Christine worked as a night clerk 
at the Herndon Hotel. She was active in grade 
school activities and the Catholic Church. We liked 
to hunt for agates, jasper, and other semi-precious 
stones, swim, ice skate, fish, and ride snowmobiles 
in the winter. I like to hunt deer, elk, and bear. I also 
enjoyed riding my Quarter horse. Skipper. 

Chris moved to Boise and worked as a night clerk 
in various motels until becoming assistant manager 
at the Red Lion Inn. Tom had already moved back to 
Michigan with his father. Norine stayed with me until 
1976 when she moved to Michigan with her father. 

I named my shop BeVan's Radiator Repair. I 
handled radiators from the mines at Cobalt and 
Cyprus as well as other mines in the area. I worked 
on all logging equipment and radiators used in the 
area sawmills. Radiator core prices ranged to thirty 
five thousand dollars. 

My children attended Pioneer and Brooklyn Grade 
Schools. They earned spending money by working at 
a fruit stand in the summer, babysitting and 
shoveling sidewalks in the winter. They had a 
German Shepherd named Sheba and several cats, 
but especially a black one named Carolyn. 

Due to the economy in Salmon, I decided to move 
the family back to Moscow, where the economy was 
more stable. We did so in February, 1955. It was 
thirty five degrees below zero that day in Salmon. All 
the schools were closed. The move worked well. We 



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have now been here six years. 

Marilina graduated from Moscow High School and 
works for a professional photography studio, as well 
as taking pictures professionally. Gary still has a year 
to go until he graduates. 

— Gary Be Van Sr. 

Torvil and Margaret S. BeVan 

Margaret Steele was raised on a ranch in Gooding, 
Idaho. She graduated from Gooding High School in 
1925, then attended Gooding College for two years, 
and spent one summer at Albion Normal School. 

In 1927, she moved to Shoup to teach the country 
school there. The schoolhouse was a two story 
frame building, which was once used as a saloon. It 
was heated by a large wood stove in one corner. 
Because the school was not insulated, it was cold 
and drafty in the winter. At times the children wore 
their coats in school and huddled around the stove 
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In 1928 Margaret Steele and Torvil BeVan were 
married. They bought a small place on Indian Creek 
for their home. They later sold it and moved to 
Brushy Gulch of Indian Creek where they built a log 
cabin for themselves. I believe that it is still standing. 

They had two sons, Larry in 1933, and Gary in 
1939. Torvil worked in mines or for the Forest 
Service. For some years Margaret taught school in 
Shoup, Upper Carmen, Big Flat, or Indian Creek. 
There she taught twenty-three children in all eight 
grades. Her salary was $50 per month. 

In 1942 Torvil became seriously ill. After fighting 
cancer for nine months, he lost the battle. He died 
in Missoula, Montana on February 18, 1943. 

As soon as it could be arranged, Margaret, Larry 
and Gary moved to San Diego, California where 
Margaret worked at Solar Aircraft Plant. While there 
she married Theodore St. John who was in the Air 
Corps. After he was discharged they returned to 
Salmon. Ted worked for the Highway Department, in 
sawmills, and at Cobalt. Margaret started teaching in 
Salmon Elementary School. 

Larry graduated in 1957, valedictorian of his high 
school class, then he went to the University of Idaho 
for three years. There he met Donna Davie, another 
student. They were married on June 7, 1954. They 
returned to the Salmon country where he worked at 
the Cobalt Mine, and she worked in the grocery 
store. Later they moved back to Moscow, which is 
still their home. They have a saw, window, door and 
insulation business. Four children were born to 
them: Torvil in 1955, Leah in 1959, Erik in 1965, and 
Kyla in 1967. Torvil is a mechanic in Spokane, 
Washington; Erik is an engineer in Phoenix, Arizona; 
and Leah and Kyla are students at the University of 
Idaho. Leah will get her degree in May 1991. She 
has been accepted as a student at the University of 
Idaho College of Law. 

Margaret taught in Salmon from 1945 to 1960. 
She returned to college in Moscow, Idaho, and 
earned her degree in 1961. She taught nine years in 
Boise, then retired in 1970. Since then she has lived 
in Moscow. She thoroughly enjoyed the Salmon 
School get together in July 1990, where she 
renewed acquaintance with former teachers, 
students, and their parents. Many happy times were 
remembered and all caught up on their more recent 
experiences. 

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Max and Reva Beyeler 



The Beyeler Ranch had its beginning March 21, 
1893when Susan Clark we granted a patent by the 
U.S. Government on 160 acres in Township 16N 26 
EBM. In 1914 Heber C. Christiansen was granted a 
patent on an adjoining 160 acres. Joseph Comparoni 
acquired the Susan Clark 160 acres from Lemhi 
County on a tax deed on July 5, 1936. November 
13, 1948, the Christiansen 160 acres were added to 
it by a tax deed from Lemhi County. Carl and Lola 
Ackenbaugh purchased the 310 acre ranch from 
Comparoni on July 5, 1950, and sold the same to 
Max and Reva Beyeler in December 1958. 

Max and Reva were married June 8, 1939, and 
had been living in Menan, Idaho. When Reva asked 
Max what he wanted for Christmas that year, he told 
her (a cowboy outfit.) The last day January, 1959, 
they moved to their ranch, bringing with them: 
fifteen registered Hereford cows, forty two 
commercial cows, four dairy cows, a saddle horse 
named Veronica, four dairy goats, five children 9they 
had seven, but two wanted to stay in Menan to finish 
school), one pretty wife, one eager cowboy and five 
dollars. Reva figured he listed them in his order of 
importance. 

A few years later another child was added to the 
family, making a total of eight. Kerry, born January 
25, 1940, Sharon, born January 17, 1942, Merrill, 
born September 26, 1944, Diane, born February 14, 
1946, Ellen, born September 27, 1948, Blake, born 
February 23, 1953, Sundy, born July 22, 1956 and 
Rebecca, born July 1, 1962. 

Through the years. Max enjoyed his family, 
ranching and watching his cattle. He held yearly bull 
sales for several years. Reva kept busy with the 
children, but found time to serve as a postmistress 
and a cook at the Leadore School. Her doughnuts 
are almost a school legend. Both had sweet gently 
spirits and loved people. Max played the harmonica 
and was a favorite at parties and campfires. 

Through the years, all the family married. Kerry 
married Brenda Reed. Sharon married Dennis Harris. 
Merrill married Sharal Nef. Diane married Robert B. 
Amonson. Ellen married Kal Parmer. Blake married 
Yukiko Utsonomiya. Sundy married George 
Watanabe. Rebecca married Joe Hyde. For a time, 
part of the children and their spouses, Sharon, 
Merrill, and Diane lived in Leadore, but at this 
writing, 1991, only Merrill and his family remain. 

They bought a ranch on Mill Creek, built a house 
there, and Max planned to retire there. It was the 
site of some great family reunions. In 1980 they sold 
the home ranch to Merrill and Sharal. They had built 
a new home on the ranch and hated to leave it; so 
they jacked it up and took it with them. Merrill and 
Sharal built a new one. 



Max said he finally got his priorities straight. When 
he left, he counted among his possessions: one 
pretty wife, eight children with spouses, thirty four 
grandchildren, forty six registered Hereford cows, 
three Hereford bulls, two saddle horses named 
Donya and Bounce, a dog named Woody, one worn 
out old cowboy, five dollars and friends and 
neighbors too numerous to mention. Max said, 
"Ranching in Lemhi was good for our family. It was a 
great way to go." 

—KSRA 
— Phoebe Bird 

Merrill and Sharal Nef Beyeler 

Merrill Max Beyeler was born September 26, 1944, 
the son of Max Beyeler and Reva Swensen at Afton, 
Wyoming. Sharal Lee Nef was born August 20, 1944, 
the daughter of Darrell Nef and Verna May Bates at 
Rexburg, Idaho. Sharal moved to Leadore with her 
family in June of 1948. Merrill moved to Leadore 
with his family in 1959. They both attended Leadore 
schools and graduated from Leadore High School. 

Merrill served a mission for the Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter-Day Saints in France and Belgium. 
While he was gone, Sharal attended and graduated 
from Ricks College in Secretarial Training. She 
worked for the Leadore District of the Salmon 
National Forest. 

On December 30, 1966, Merrill and Sharal were 
married in the Idaho Falls Temple. While Merrill was 
going to school, Sharal continued to work for the 
Forest Service at the Supervisor's Office of the 
Targhee National Forest at St. Anthony and the 
Boise National Forest. 

Merrill graduated from Boise State University with 
highest honors. He taught school and coached in 
Richfield, Idaho for four years. In May of 1973 they 




FRONT ROW: Douglas, Elissa, Amy holding daughter Ashley BACK 
ROW: Byrant, Sharal, Merrill, Curtis 



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moved back home to Leadore 
school and coached. 

They helped his dad on the ranch with the farming 
and the cattle. They purchased a house by the 
airport and did a lot of work on it. It was later sold 
to the school district. In December of 1983 they 
moved to the home they had built at the ranch. This 
ranch was bought from Merrill's parents. 

Merrill continued teaching. In April, 1990, the 
McRea place was added to their ranch. Merrill 
retired from teaching. 

A sprinkler system was put in to better use their 
water resources and increase crop production. They 
raise Hereford and Angus cattle, and Holstein 
heifers. 

Merrill and Sharal have five children. Amy Lynette 
was born June 1, 1968. She graduated from Leadore 
High School as Valedictorian of her class. She 
attended and graduated from Ricks College with 
honors. Amy Lynette in now a senior at Utah State 
University, majoring in Business and French. She will 
graduate in June, 1991. She was named Student of 
the Year in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. 

Byrant N. was born May 26, 1971. He also 
graduated from Leadore High School as 
Valedictorian of his class. Byrant attended Ricks 
College one year and is now serving a mission for 
the Latter-Day Saint Church to the Belgium Brussels 
Mission. This is the same place Merrill went. 

Curtis Lee, born December 4, 1972, is a senior at 
Leadore High School. He plans to go to college and 
on a mission when he graduates. He is a lot of help 
on the ranch. 

Douglas Scott, born September 17, 1978, attends 
Leadore School; where he enjoys many activities. He 
likes football, basketball and skiing just as much as 
his older brothers. 

Elissa Dawn, born September 4, 1983, attends 
Leadore School. She enjoys taking dance, piano 
lessons and being a girl scout. 

Merrill and Sharal have one granddaughter, Ashley 
Dawn. She loves to come home to the ranch. 

Merrill, Sharal, and all of the family enjoy a wide 
variety of sports. They enjoy fishing, camping, hiking, 
swimming, and are glad to live in this beautiful 
country where they can do these things. They enjoy 
watching the many different birds and wildlife that is 
on their ranch. 

They have been active members of the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and have served in 
many positions. Merrill also served on the Leadore 
City Council and was active in the EMT's. Sharal was 
secretary of the Lemhi County Cattlewomen. 

— Sharal Beyeler 



errill, again, taught William Grover Bielby 



William Grover Bielby was born on October 10, 
1918, at Goodman, Missouri. His death occurred on 
January 7, 1990. He was the oldest of seven 
children born to John(Jack) and Emma Bielby. There 
are five brothers and one sister still living. 

Grover received his schooling in rural schools 
around Goodman, Missouri. The family moved to 
Lemhi County in 1934. They lived on a ranch until 
World War II began. The older sons went into various 
branches of the service. Grover was drafted into the 
Army Air Force on March 7, 1942. He was with the 
553 Army Air Force base unit. 

Grover met Beatrice Ohs, in Detroit, Michigan, 
while he was stationed at Romulus Air Force Base. 
They were married in 1945. They came to Gowan 
Field at Boise, Idaho, where he received his military 
discharge in November of 1945. 

They moved to Salmon immediately after 
Grover's discharge. He worked for construction 
companies around Salmon, and throughout Idaho. 
Grover went to work for the Salmon National Forest 
in 1952. He eventually became construction and 
maintenance foreman for road crews. He retired in 
1979. 

There are four children: Keith, Cheryl, Rex, and 
Joy. All of them graduated from Salmon High 
School. 




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Keith went into the Army from 1965-1968. He 
married Rachel Baca of Pueblo, Colorado in 1969. 
They have four children. John, Joshua, and Michal 
live with their parents in Salmon. The oldest child, 
Pamela Ingraham, lives in Bellevue, Washington, with 
husband Gary and daughter Heather. 

Cheryl Hote resides in Bozeman, Montana, with 
husband Daryl and daughter Tiffany. 

Rex enlisted in the Marines from 1971-1975. He 
married Janice Jones in 1985 and lives in Salmon 
with their son Reuben and stepson Mitchell. 

Joy and Val Baciu live at Boise, Idaho. They have a 
little girl, Mekala. 

Grover began playing fiddle at the age of five. He 
also played banjo, mandolin, and guitar. He taught 
his children to play music while they were quite 
young. Grover was an accomplished musician. He 
played with various dance bands. In his retirement, 
he played at different fiddle contests throughout the 
West. He received many trophies, including many 
first place ones. 

He won the Idaho State Fiddle Contest (senior 
division) for three consecutive years, 1987-1989. 
Grover also won the Best Old Time Fiddle trophy at 
the National contest at Weiser, Idaho in 1988. 

Grover made fiddles, mandolins, guitars, and 
banjos. He made 68 in all. Grover also repaired 
instruments. 

His name and picture are in the Fiddlers Hall of 
Fame at Weiser, Idaho. 

Grover belonged to the Arizona Violin Makers 
Association of America. He received very high 
scorings on his instruments. He belonged to the Old 
Time Fiddlers at Salmon. Grover was a member of 
the American Legion. 

At the time of his death, various fiddle contests 
were dedicated to his memory. His family was 
presented with a beautiful plaque from the Idaho 
State Fiddle Association. 

His brothers, Howard, Floyd, and Steve live in 
Salmon and Lemhi County. 

Howard lives on a ranch with his wife, DeVonn. 
They have four children. 

Floyd is retired from the Salmon city maintenance 
crew. He raises goats for their mohair. 

Steve barbered at Mountain Home, Idaho. After 
retiring, he moved to Salmon. He is married to the 
former May Young of Salmon. They have two girls. 

Edna and Jim Stewart live on a ranch near 
Terreton, Idaho. They have three children. 

Cleve lives in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He has three 
sons. 

Victor is married to the former Marcia Gutzman, 
also of Salmon. They have two children and live in 
Pocatello, Idaho. They both teach. They have two 
children. 

— Beatrice Bielby 



Edward and Helen Hone Bieri 

Edward D. Bieri came to Salmon in 1942, after 
completing his first tour of duty in the United States 
Army. Ed and his wife, Helen Hone Bieri, and his two 
small daughters, Ann and Marta, moved to Salmon 
from Blackfoot, Idaho. 

Ed and Helen bought the National Laundry and Dry 
Cleaning Plant located on Vandreff Street next to the 
Quality Bakery. At that time, laundries and dry 
cleaning plants were very important businesses 
because all the linens for hotels and hospitals were 
done by laundries. Most clothes required dry 
cleaning. 

In 1943, Ed left again for military service in World 
War II. During his absence, his wife, Helen, operated 
the newly launched business. 

Upon his return in 1946, Ed was elected to serve 
on the Salmon City Council until 1950. During that 
time, he helped plan the building of the first Salmon 
city pool located on the Island Park. 

Ed was also a member of the Free and Accepted 
Masons and past exalted ruler of the Elks in Salmon. 
Helen was a member of the Elks Auxiliary and was 
active in the Business and Professional Women's 
Club. 

In 1950, the original National Laundry and Dry 
Cleaning Plant burnt down due to fuel oil being 
dumped too fast. Ed and Helen made the decision to 
rebuild the family business on Lena Street. In 1958, 
the family business was sold to Jack Briggs. The 
laundry and dry cleaning business was still in 
operation until the late 1970's. The building is now 
being used by Salmon River Industries. 

Ed and Helen bought dry cleaning plants in 
Anaconda and in Deer Lodge, Montana. After selling 
both businesses, Ed moved back to Pocatello, Idaho 
in 1964. He went to work for State Farm Insurance 
until 1989, when he retired. 

Helen died in 1984. She is survived by her five 
children: Ann Echo (Bieri) Entzel, Marta Elaine (Bieri) 
Becker, James Edward Bieri, Susan Jane (Bieri) 
Roberts, and Betty Helen (Bieri) Stanley. 

Ann Bieri was born in Blackfoot, Idaho on October 
28, 1940. She graduated from the University of 
Arizona with a Masters Degree in Elementary 
Education. She teaches school in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
She married Victor Entzel, who also teaches school 
in Las Vegas. They are parents of two boys, Chris 
and Lorin Entzel. Chris attends the University of 
Utah and is a member of the tennis team. Lorin 
attends the University of Nevada in Las Vegas and is 
also a member of the tennis team. 

Marta Bieri returned to Salmon with her husband, 
Jerry Becker, in 1965. Jerry managed his family's 
business. The Owl Club. Marta began teaching school 
for the Salmon School District. She taught from 
1965 to 1969; when she stopped to raise her three 



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daughters, Geraldine, Becky, and Natalie. In 1982 
Marta graduated from Idaho State University in 
Pocatello. She went back to work for the Salmon 
School District. Marta has a B.A. Degree in 
Elementary Education. She is presently working as a 
kindergarten teacher. 

Geraldine Elaine Becker Moore graduated with a 
B.S. Degree in Special Education. She is presently 
teaching school for the Salmon School District. She 
has one small son, Charlie Jack Moore, born in 
Salmon on November 24, 1989. Geraldine was born 
in Henderson, Nevada on October 19, 1964. 

Becky Echo Becker Turner married Eddie Turner. 
They have two small daughters. Krystal Rose Turner 
was born in Salmon on February 25, 1984. Marta 
Rebecca Turner was born in Salmon on March 22, 
1985. Becky is a great homemaker. The family is 
now living in Dell, Montana, on a large ranch. Becky 
was born in Salmon on August 17, 1967. 

Natalie Rose Becker is now attending Idaho State 
University studying to be a Health Physicist in the 
field of engineering. Natalie was born in Salmon on 
December 13, 1968. 

James Bieri was born in Salmon on March 2, 
1947. James graduated from Idaho State University 
with a degree in Business Management. Presently, 
he works as a State Farm Insurance agent in Twin 
Falls, Idaho. He has two daughters, Joanna and 
Kristin Bieri. 

Susan Bieri was born in Blackfoot, Idaho on 
January 17, 1949. She is now living in Pocatello with 
her five children: Steve, Shelly, Sam, Scott, and 
Sarah. Susan is now a secretary for her husband, 
Steven, who is a State Farm Insurance agent. 

Betty Bieri was born in Salmon on April 15, 1953. 
She spent many years being a secretary for her dad, 
Ed Bieri. Recently she and her two children moved 
to Puyallup, Washington. Betty works as an 
insurance agent but is still going to college part-time. 
Eric and Collen, her two children, are both attending 
high school. Her husband, Roy Stanley, is employed 
by the United States Post Office. 

Although the Bieri Family has moved to many 
different parts of the United States; they still have 
fond memories of their lives in Salmon. Most of 
them enjoy coming home each summer to visit their 
sister, Marta Becker, who still lives in Salmon. 

— Marta Becker 
George and Barbara Sedore Biggs 

George Biggs was born and raised at St. Ignatius, 
Montana. He spent four years as a Navy Corpsman, 
stationed with the Marines in Korea. Following his 
discharge he worked as a logger in northern 
California; where he met and married Barbara 
"Bobbie" Sedore. Shortly after their marriage they 



moved to St. Ignatius. George worked as a logger in 
Montana. 

Their first child, John "Skip" Biggs was born at St. 
Ignatius. George came to Salmon and logged for 
Adolph Anderson in 1954. George commuted on 
weekends to Missoula, Montana where Bobby and 
baby Skip were living. 

Timothy was born in Missoula. Shortly after his 
birth, the family moved to Salmon. They returned to 
Montana. Cindy was also born in Missoula. 

They returned to Salmon and lived in a rental on 
the Shultz ranch on the Big Flat near Carmen. Due 
to logging layoffs; they again went to Montana. 
Scott, the youngest, was born in Hamilton. 

George and Bill Kelly formed Kelly & Biggs Logging 
Company in 1961; logging for the North Fork 
Sawmill. As the company grew larger; they split up 
into two logging companies. Kelly logging for the 
North Fork mill and Biggs logging for Intermountain 
in Salmon. 

Francis Kelly had been the Kelly & Biggs 
bookkeeper. Bobbie had been involved in both 
Brownie Scouts and Cub Scouts for years. She gave 
that up to become the bookkeeper for Biggs Logging 
Co. 

In 1971 they bought half of the old Goodman 
ranch on the Big Flat. George continued his logging 
operation employing up to thirty five men. 

The 106 acre ranch, with an ever increasing 
number of cows, sheep, pigs, ducks, and chickens 
kept Bobbie and the children, as well as George, 
very busy. 

The children were also very involved with school 
activities. Cindy in band and the boys in wrestling 
and track. 

Scott was in football from fifth to twelfth grade. 
Scott went to Boys State and was class president his 
senior year. Scott went on to the University of 
Moscow where he continued his interest in school 
politics as senator and vicepresident. He majored in 
communication skills and business management. He 
now lives in California. He and his wife, Nancy Brudo, 
produce "Body Shop Video Magazine." It is a 
monthly video for and about the auto body repair 
industry. 

Cindy remained in the Salmon area after finishing 
her schooling at Pocatello to be a hair dresser. She 
married Rick McFrederick. They are raising three 
sons:Justin, Jeremy, and Matthew. Until recently , 
they operated RC Dairy on the Big Flat. Cindy is 
employed at Myrna's Beauty Salon in Salmon. 

Timothy went on to school at Dillon, Montana, 
where he was active in rodeo. He later transferred 
to the University of Montana in Missoula; where he 
got his teaching certificate. He is married to Terri 
and has one son, Derek. He teaches government, 
history, and is head coach for the wrestling team at 
St. Ignatius, Montana. 



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Skip briefly went to Moscow, Idaho to school but 
dropped out to help with the logging. He has been 
loading logs for Biggs Logging Company since 1973. 
He took a break three times to go to Antarctica: 
where he was a heavy equipment operator for ITT. 
Skip also lives at St. Ignatius, Montana with his wife 
Wanda and their baby daughter, Eryn. 

George moved his logging to St. Ignatius in 1977. 
He is still active in logging in that area. He is also 
ranching there. 

Bobbie has been back and forth between Montana 
and Carmen since 1978; leasing the ranch some 
years and helping to farm it others. She went to the 
University of Missoula off and on until finally 
receiving her degree in Social Work in 1987. 

— Barbara Biggs 
Edmond and Mary Sorensen Bills 

Edmond was born in Pleasant Green Utah, 
November 17, 1913, the son of John L. and Agnes 
LeCheminant Bills. Mary was born August 17, 1913, 
in East Garland, Utah, the daughter of Edward and 
Margaret Walker Sorensen. 

Both families moved to the Mackay, Idaho area in 
the 1920's and experienced the financial difficulties 
of farming. Edmond was the Valedictorian of the 
Class of 1930 and attended the University of Utah 
for one year. 

Edmond's brother, Larry, and his father, had 
purchased a small grocery store in Mackay, The 
People's Market. In November, 1931, a second store 
was opened in Salmon; with Lawrence and John 
moving to Salmon to operate Saveway. Edmond 
stayed in Mackay to operate the People's Market. 

A personal entry from Edmond's journal reads: 
Friday, June 9, 1933, "Like a thunderbolt out of a 
clear sky, comes the news of a tragedy more terrible 
than I dared to imagine. Dad was drowned while 
crossing the Salmon River on a cable and trolley." 

The store in Mackay was clased and Edmond 
moved to Salmon to help operate Saveway. 

Mary and Edmond, high school sweethearts, were 
married September 19, 1934, in Salt Lake City, 
Utah. This marriage was blessed with four children: 
Helen Marie, Barbara Diane, Richard James, and 
Merry Kathleen. 

As brother Lawrence decided to leave the grocery 
business, Edmond purchased his share. Edmond's 
ambition teamed with unavailablitity of fresh 
chickens, turkeys, garden crops, strawberries, etc. 
motivated him to purchase one hundred acres of 
land next to the Salmon River, southwest of Salmon, 
known to many as the Island Farm. It produced 
fresh fryers and eggs in abundance. Garden crops, 
which produced lettuce, cabbage, carrots, squash, 
green peppers, cucumbers, and potatoes. 



The acres of strawberries, blackberries, and 
raspberries to pick provided many women and young 
people with extra spending money. A slaugher house 
was built to process the hogs, beef, and sheep 
needed to supply Saveway. 

Obtaining turkeys at Thanksgiving time was a 
problem. Answer? Raise your own; and raise he did. 
As many as 10,000 per year! Most of them were 
processed at home and many were hauled to larger 
markets in Missoula and Hamilton, Montana and 
Tremonton and Ogden, Utah. 

These ambitions could not have been achieved 
were it not for the devotion of Mary to family and 
store. She has spent her years from 1941 to the 
present, waiting on customers at Saveway. She is a 
familiar landmark to her many friends. 

In 1952, Edmond and Mary purchased 369 acres 
of farmland south of S Hill, extending to the old Hot 
Springs road. New challenges, new goals, and 
achievements. A newly constructed canal, which 
extended from a pump station just south of the 
Shoup Bridge to a pump station located on the 
newly acquired land; brought much needed water to 
dry, but rich soil. A system of two reservoirs were 
constructed to catch spring run-off water and over 
flow from the Salmon Hot Springs. 

Edmond and Mary ran Saveway and the two farms 
until 1959; when they sold both places and 
concentrated their efforts solely on Saveway. In 
1964, a partnership was formed in Saveway with 
Edmond, son Jim, and son-in-law Dave Austin. 

Saveway began as a small shop in the old Idaho 
Power Building. In 1936, they constructed a new 
building: which is now part of Arfmann's Four 
Seasons building. In 1972, a new era for Edmond, 
Mary, and partners began with a new 24,000 square 
foot Saveway located on Shoup Street. 

Industrious people are not willing to sit back and 
watch. They like to make things happen; mostly by 
hard work and dedication to ideas and goals. Such 
has been the lives of Edmond and Mary Bills. 

They loved the youth; teaching them in Sunday 
School classes. They loved their work, their families, 
and most of all each other. 

Shortly, after returning from a trip with Edmonds' 
Sunday School class, tragedy struck again to the 
Bills' family. Edmond, in the hospital, recovering 
from a appendectomy, suddenly suffered a massive 
stroke, The last eighteen years of his life have been 
spent confined to his bed with his loving wife, Mary, 
so kindly taking care of him. Enduring love is a 
wonderful thing. 

The Bills children will always remember their 
parents as people of action, fighting for what they 
believe. They were not excited or disturbed, but 
calmly ready for what might occur. 

— Sandra Bills 



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Jim and Sandra Peterson Bills 

Jim Bills was born on January 26, 1941 in Salmon, 
Idaho to Edmond and Mary Bills. He was their third 
child and only son. Two sisters, Helen and Diane 
preceded him. His sister Kathy, followed him. 

As soon as he could copy numbers, he was put to 
work at the family owned grocery store. When he 
was older, he spent many hours working on their 
farm taking care of turkeys, picking strawberries, 
killing chickens, and so on. Most everything they 
sold in the store was raised on the farm located 
south of town. It was difficult, but he learned early 
the value of hard work. 

Sandra was born July 13, 1953 at Bethesda Naval 
Hospital in Maryland. Her father. Bill Peterson was 
stationed in the Navy. In 1955, after Bill's discharge, 
they returned to Blackfoot, Idaho. Five other 
children were added to Bill and Merlene's family: 
three sons, Larry, Scott and Bart; and two 
daughters, Jan and Sharon. 

In December, 1960, they moved their family to 
Salmon to make it easier to run their bus service 




FRONT ROW: Megan, Nathan, Jim MIDDLE ROW: Natalie BACK 
ROW: Sandra, Becky 



from Salmon to Pocatello. Sandra was determined 
not to leave her grandparents and stayed with them 
until school was dismissed for Christmas. During the 
summers she visited them often and was never 
happy to have to go home. 

Jim and Sandra met while working at Saveway 
Market, his family's business. They dated during her 
senior year of high school. They were married March 
23, 1972, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. 

Their first child, Becky, was born June 25, 1973, 
in Salmon. Jim admitted he had wanted a boy; but 
when he saw Becky, it didn't matter that she was a 
girl. 

After returning from a bus trip with his Sunday 
School Class in August of 1973; Jim's dad was 
hospitalized for an appendectomy. During his 
recuperation, he suffered a stroke, which left him 
with some paralysis. He was transferred to Salt Lake 
City; where he remained for several months to 
enable him to undergo extensive physical therapy. 
Weekly trips to Salt Lake became the norm to offer 
love and encouragement. Immediately Jim was the 
"man in charge" at the store; a responsibility he 
was not totally prepared to take. 

Three years later, on May 25, 1976, Becky was 
joined by Natalie. She was a very active youngster; 
never contented to just sit still. As she grew, it was 
apparent she had been in training for her future 
years in sports. 

During the next few years, the family followed Jim 
around the country as he participated in marathons. 
He ran the Golden Spike in Brigham City, Utah in 
1977 and 1978. He participated in the Salmon River 
Run in July of 1982 and 1983. 

Due to his Pioneer ancestry, Jim had the honor of 
running in the Pioneer Trek in July of 1979. This was 
a fun run that retraced the route the pioneers took 
from Nauvoo, Illinois, to Salt Lake City, Utah in 
1847. 

The summer of 1981 was spent building a cabin on 
the Salmon River. The property contained several 
fruit trees, grapevines, and sandy river beaches. 
Many memories have been made from times spent 
with friends and family at "the cabin." 

On August 18, 1982, another girl was added to the 
Bills" family. Megan was their "million dollar, long 
awaited for" baby. 

Early in the morning, the day after Christmas, in 
1984, Jim finally got his son. Signs went up in the 
store window and word spread fast of Nathan's 
arrival. 

The Bills' family is involved in church, school, and 
community activities, but still find time to work and 
play together. They enjoy their lifestyle in Lemhi 
County and take pride in being part of this great 
community. 

— Sandra Bills 



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Jon and Nancy Corbett Bills 

Jon Francis Bills and Nancy Linell Corbett were 
married June 10, 1959, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. They 
made their home in Salmon; living in the Salmon 
Apartments until moving to the family ranch at 
Carmen. The ranch has been in the family since 
1887; when Jon's grandfather, William Wallace 
Slavin, acquired the property as payment for a 
restaurant bill. 

In 1960, Jon's parents, Lawrence J. and Evelyn K. 
Bills, built a new home on a corner of the ranch. Jon 
and Linell moved into the older ranch home; which 
was built in 1916, by his grandparents. Jon worked 
on the ranch with his parents, raising mink and 
cattle. In the early 1960's he and his father received 
the "Grassman of the Year" award for Lemhi 
County. The award was for their efforts to add to 
the ranch through a desert land entry. Jon 
developed this land into beautiful hay ground, 
growing choice alfalfa in rotation with grain. In 1975, 
Jon and Linell purchased the ranch. 

Jon Francis was born April 15, 1938, in Salmon, 
Idaho. During World War II, he moved with his family 
to Deadwood, Idaho, where his father worked in the 
mine. The family lived in Burley and Boise, Idaho; 
Phoenix, Arizona, and in Colorado before moving 
back to Salmon. 

Jon attended Salmon schools where he was active 
in FFA. He received the State Farmer Award. While 
still in high school, he joined the Idaho National 
Guard. He graduated from Salmon High in May, 
1956. Jon attended the University of Idaho for one 
semester and then returned to ranching. 

Jon earned a private pilot license. He bought an 
airplane with his father. Jon served two years on the 
County Airport Board; then was elected chairman for 
two more years. The major accomplishment of his 
tenure was construction of a new airport. 

Jon is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-Day Saints. He has served as a bishop and 
many other positions of leadership. 

Nancy Linell was born to Frederick and Alice Lowe 
Corbett on February 7, 1941, in Salmon, Idaho. She 
moved with her family to Utah before moving back 
to Salmon. She played in the band in school and 
served as a class officer. Linell graduated from 
Salmon High School in May, 1959, as Salutatorian. 

Jon and Linell have five children. They have also 
attended Salmon schools. 

Jon Loren graduated from Salmon High School 
third in his class. He attended Brigham Young 
University. He served a church mission in Mexico. 
Jon Loren works on the family ranch. He raises 
thoroughbred horses. 

Janice Lynne wasco-editor of the school 
newspaper. She graduated from Salmon High School 
with high honors. She graduated from Brigham 



Young University with high honors and a B.A. Degree 
in Public Relations Communications. Janice married 
Mark Gardner. They have three daughters: Jennifer, 
Kimberly, and Kristen. They live in Ammon, Idaho. 

Laurel Anne was accompanist for the high school 
chorus. She attended the Idaho Girl's State. She 
graduated as co-valedictorian from Salmon High 
School. She attended Brigham Young University. 
Laurel married Alan D. Harrison. They have one son, 
Nathan D. They reside in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

In high school Robert Corey was a wrestler. He 
also developed skills in woodworking and welding. He 
graduated as Salutatorian. He served a church 
mission in Japan. He graduated from Ricks College. 
Robert is engaged to marry Shannon Saling in June, 
1991. 

Ryan Lawrence is a sophomore at Salmon High 
School. He is continuing the family tradition of 
academic excellence. He enjoys woodworking and 
weight training. He also works on the family ranch. 

— Nancy Bills 

Lawrence and Evelyn Slavin Bills 

Lawrence J. Bills was born in Pleasant Grove, 
Utah, February 14, 1911. When he was five years 
old, the family moved to the Lost River Country in 
Idaho. His parents were John L. Bills and Agnes L. 
Cheminant. There were three brothers and four 
sisters in the family. 

Time went on. As a young boy, Larry worked in a 
grocery store. He eventually bought the store and 
named it Saveway. 

Larry decided that Salmon could use another 
grocery store. He brought the Saveway store to 
Salmon. Soon after the move, I met Larry and we 
started going together. 

I, Evelyn, was born August 24, 1911. My parents 
were William Wallace Slavin and Frances Kadletz 
Slavin. I was born in the little log house that was my 
parent's first home on Carmen Creek. I was the 
seventh child of a family of eight. There were five 
boys and three girls. 

Our home was a happy home. We enjoyed being 
together as a family. We made our own 
entertainment. 

I went to the country school until I was in high 
school. I graduated from high school in 1930. I spent 
much of my time helping on the ranch. I helped my 
mother with the housework. 

After Larry and I had gone together for a short 
time; we knew this was it. We went to Ogden, Utah 
and got married in 1932. Our first home was in 
Mackay, Idaho. 

Larry worked in one of the store they still owned 
there. After three weeks. Dad Bills wanted us to 



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come back to Salmon and work in the store here. 
We were glad to come back as our families were all 
here. We always loved this country. 

Our daughter, Anita Loree, was born May 7, 1934. 
She was a joy to us. Jon was born on April 15, 1938, 
Gary was born February 18, 1940, and Lawrence 
Patrick joined the family, October 5, 1940. They are 
a great family. 

Dad Bills was drowned in the Salmon River in 
June, 1933. The cable broke and let him into the 
water. We didn't find his body until the high water 
went down. 

The family continued to run the store. Edmond 
closed the store at Mackay and came to Salmon. 

Larry decided he would like a change so he sold 
the store to Edmond and went mining. We left 
Salmon and went to a mine at Deadwood, Idaho. 
This is in the mountains about one hundred twenty 
five miles from Boise. It was a beautiful place. There 
was good hunting and fishing. We made a lot of good 
friends there. 

We spent five years in Deadwood. The mine closed 
and Larry leased the mine for a year. He had to quit 
the mining as his health was being affected from 
working underground. We went to Arizona for the 
winter. 

We decided Idaho was a pretty nice place. We 
came back and bought the ranch from my mother, 
Mrs. Wallace Slavin. 

Larry always wanted to try his luck at raising mink. 
He bought twenty for a start. Then he kept adding a 
few, until he had quite a bunch. We also had cattle 
and a few sheep. 




The family all worked together to get things going. 
It was a good life on the farm. 

As the kids all grew up; they got married and had 
families of their own. 

Anita, Gary, and Patrick got their education in 
other fields. Jon bought the ranch. He and his wife, 
Linell, and boys run it. 

Larry and I had retired. We were in Payette, Idaho 
visiting son Gary and family when Larry had a 
massive heart attack. He passed away in the hospital 
in Ontario, Oregon, November 13, 1981. 

— Evelyn Bills 




Evelyn & Larry Bills 



FRONT ROW: Mike, Ma, Ron, and Hope MIDDLE ROW: Bette, Ray, 
Ray Jr. RACK ROW: Stan, Cathy, Janice, Jared 



Bette Allen Bingham 

Bette Allen (Bingham) was born in Salmon on 
October 19, 1938, at the home of her grandparents, 
Thomas Park Allen and Agnes Jensen Allen. They 
resided on St. Charles Street. Bette was the eldest 
child of Stanley Joseph Allen and lla Cox Allen. She 
was joined by brother, Thomas Stanley Allen on 
October 27. 1943, Lillian Allen (Jeffords) born 
February 12, 1948, and William Cox Allen born May 
27, 1950. 

The Allen family lived in Salmon for two years and 
then moved to Shelley, Idaho, in 1941. During the 
next few years, the family lived in several small 
towns in the Shelley area. Bette attended school at 
Stanton, Taylor, and Jameston. Tommy attended 
school in Jameston. 

In 1954 the family again moved to Salmon. They 
bought a farm about seventeen miles from Salmon. 
Bette attended Salmon High School, and graduated 
in 1956. Tom, Lillian, and Bill all graduated from 
Salmon High School. 

Ray Dee Bingham and Bette were married on July 
13, 1956, in the Idaho Falls Temple. They are the 



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parents of Janice Lee, Ray Dee Jr., Ronald Allen, 
Stanley Ardel, and lla Marie. 

During their married life, Ray and Bette have 
resided in Utah and Minnesota; but most of their 
time has been spent in Idaho. They started their 
married life in Ray's home town of Moore, Idaho. 
The past fifteen years they have lived in Boise, 
Idaho. 

Ray and Bette have added to their family: Jared 
Zwygart, husband to Janice; Hope (Boyle) Bingham, 
Ron's wife; Cathy (Lipscomb) Stan's wife; Michael 
Pica, Ma's husband and seven grandchildren. 

Bette's mother, lla died on April 12, 1969. Stanley 
married Carol Crook Allen on September 20, 1969. 
Carol brought to the family her three grown 
children: Roland, Arlene, and Lois Ann, along with 
their mates and children. 

— Bette A. Bingham 

Lloyd and Jerry Whitehead Bingham 

The depression left my father looking for a new 
place to live and different work. In the fall of 1934, 
they moved from McCammon, Idaho to Salmon. 
They moved into one of the oldest houses in Lemhi 
Valley - "The old Geertson Creek House." This was 
where I was born on February 18, 1935. 

I grew up in Salmon and lived there until I was 
nearly eighteen years old. The years spent there 
were memorable. I still feel like Salmon is home. 

Some of my memories include going to school; 
first at the Brooklyn School and then to Salmon High 
School. Another memory is of attending church in 
the old L.D.S. Church House (no longer standing). 
Our family went every Sunday and to many activities 
on weekdays. It was an integral part of our lives. 
This early training nurtured a life long habit; as we 
are still active in church work. 

Many of my fonder memories include people I 
knew - kids and teachers from my school years, 
neighbors, and friends. Each one touched my life in 
a special way, helping me to become what I am. 

Always dear in my memory is the twenty five acre 
farm my parents moved to when I was one. From 
my parents I learned the value of hard work. 

We had a good family life where we were taught 
right from wrong and enjoyed happy times together. 
Our family consisted of Mother and Daddy (Newell 
and Lula Whitehead), Afton, Shirley, Jerry and Van. 

I married Lloyd Bingham in 1952, and moved from 
Salmon. We have spent most of our married life in 
Moore, Idaho. Lloyd recently retired from the INEL; 
where he had worked for Westinghouse for thirty 
nine years. We have had many joys and some 
sorrows. The good times have far outweighed the 
bad. 

I've been in many things and had numerous 
hobbies. The most important thing I've done is help 



my husband raise our family. All our children are 
married now with their own families. They are 
genuinely nice people that we enjoy associating with. 
We had six children. 

Deanne (born October 11, 1953) married Larry 
Bevan. Their children are Gary, Melissa, David, Ryan, 
Eric, Jared, Curtis, Jacob, and Christopher. 

Craig (born November 19, 1955) married Patty 
Metcalf. Their children are Shyla, Jay, Adam, 
Stephanie, Kade, and Kevin. 

Chris (born July 18, 1958) married Pamela Climer. 
Their children are Anja Lin, Misti, Jennifer, Britini, 
and Charity. 

Lynette was born on August 3, 1962 and died at 
six months. 

Lynda (born November 18, 1963) married Rick 
Hooper. Their children are Jason, Crystle (died at six 
weeks), and Amber. 

Sharyn (born January 21, 1969) married Dennis 
Moss. Their children are Dustin, Brandon, and 
Derrick. 

— Jerry Bingham 




BACK: Linda, Chris, Craig, Deanne, Sharyn FRONT: Lloyd and 
Terry Bingham 

Morgan and Delores Knowles Birch 

Morgan Birch and I, Delores Knowles, were 
married on June 22, 1948. We had two children. 
They both married. Our daughter is divorced. We 
have six grand children. Our son, Billy was in 
Vietnam and is now in the Persian Gulf. 

Morgan came to Salmon in 1936 with my father 
and brothers. He was in Germany in World War II. 

He had a brother, Lewis, who lost his arm while 
sawing wood. He was in high school. 

Morgan herded sheep for Steve Mahaffey, and 
cattle for Martin Capps. He got hurt up on Williams 
Creek. He worked for Walter Fox for over fifteen 
years. He had to quit Walter's because he got sick. 

— Delores Birch 



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Leroy and Phoebe Bird 

Leroy and Phoebe Bird moved to the Lemhi Valley 
in March, 1977. Both were born in the Rigby area 
and attended high school at Rigby, Idaho. They were 
married October 20, 1954 at Idaho Falls. They spent 
the next twenty two years farming in Monteview, 
Idaho. 

Seven children were born to them: 1955-Kathryn, 
1957-Kent, 1958-Kurt, 1960-Kyle, 1962-Kris, 1964- 
Kelly, 1973-Kaylene. 

The boys were all sports enthusiasts and enjoyed 
basketball, track, and football. The fall of 1976, the 
two younger boys had a football game at Salmon. 
The family drove up to watch. They were impressed 
with the area. The grass pastures looked especially 
good to Leroy. They raised cattle at Monteview; but 
their summer range was forty miles away. In late 
summer and fall, the water supply dried up, making 
it necessary to truck in water for the livestock. 

Leroy heard the McDevitt Creek Ranch, owned by 
Ross Lyon and Sons was for sale. It's farmland and 
range land bordered each other. (No more trucking!) 
A few more trips to the valley and they decided to 
make the move. 

The ranch contains about 1160 acres and has the 
water rights on McDevitt Creek. About half the ranch 
is farmed, with the rest used for grazing. BLM and 
State ground are also leased for the summer 
months. 

Originally, the ranch was several small units. In 
1929, Mr. Van Sicklin incorporated it into one unit 
known as the Idaho Livestock Company. Van Sicklin 
sold the ranch to Gar Hodges in 1940. In 1942, Gar 
sold out to Ernest Andrews; who operated the ranch 
for over thirty years with his sons and grandson. 
Lyons purchased the ranch in 1973. 




BACK ROW: Kris, Kyle, Kelly FRONT ROW: Kent, Leroy, Phoebe, 
Kathy, Kurt, Baby Kaylene 



Bird's started here with a herd of 550 head of 
mixed cattle, Angus, Hereford, and shorthorn. After 
trying a few Simmental, they decided to switch to a 
purebred Simmental operation. At this writing, 1990, 
they are running almost 400 head of purebred 
Simmental cattle. Since 1983 they have held a 
yearly spring sale. 

In 1985, they purchased part of the old Spencer 
place on Hayden Creek from DeMar Dahle. Wayne 
Taylor purchased the part south of the Hayden 
Creek Road; and Bird's purchased that on the north 
side. 

The family are active members of the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Leroy is serving as 
Stake President in the Salmon Idaho Stake; an area 
which covers from Leadore to Challis. 

All the Bird boys started out ranching with their 
parents. Though their interest and talents were 
different, all contributed to the overall good of the 
ranch. 

Kathryn worked in the area for awhile, but decided 
on a teaching career. She moved to Idaho Falls, 
where she teaches second grade. 

Kent married Lisa Matson in 1979. They moved to 
the Floyd Nilsson ranch in Leadore. They have four 
children: Casey. Julie, Bobby, and Brady. 

Kurt married Janet Engberson in 1977. They also 
bought a ranch in Leadore on Texas Creek. They are 
raising their four children : Angela, Cory, Cody, and 
Cary. 

Kyle married Lydia Romero in 1982. He is still 
ranching with his father. They have four children: 
Desiree, Michelle, Tammy, and Daniel. 

Kris married Alicia Winterton in 1985. They have 
two children: Joshua and Nicole. After operating a 
tire shop at the home ranch, he decided to move to 
Salmon. He purchased a bigger shop on the old 
Whiting place. 

Kelly is still ranching with his father. 

Kaylene is a student at Leadore High School. 

— Phoebe Bird 



William H. and Lucy Bishop 

December 19, 1921, was the day of my arrival and 
juncture with the living company of Man. 

From that day, until this one, things have 
progressed, or regressed, pretty much as per 
schedule or importance for an average American 
male. 

Born and raised in a Pennsylvania Dutch 
environment and culture, "steady as she goes", very 
little foolishness, and heavy to the precepts of that 
particular Protestant sect, some of which is still in 
residence with me. 



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Lucy and Bill Bishop, Front Porch at Rattlesnake Creek on 
Salmon River, 1983 



Out of high school, a medium B student, I headed 
for a forestry school. At twenty five and thirty cents 
per hour, it required two years to save the four 
hundred dollars necessary for Penn State. 

Had a year there, when World War II took all of my 
time and efforts. It also redirected and changed my 
thinking, priorities, and values. However, I did get a 
semester at the University of Munich while waiting to 
come home at war's end. 

Took up permanent residence in California; having 
become thoroughly hooked on the American West by 
that time. 

Marriage and a family, in due course, and then 
back to school. Out of the University of California in 
1949, and employed as a forester by several timber 
companies in northern California until 1967. 

With 1969, and twenty three years of marriage, 
came a no-fault divorce; a bitter pill and defeat. 

Appraisals of land and timber, in fact, almost any 
real property, had for some time been increasingly 
interesting. Consequently, in 1967, I took on an 
appraiser's job with the local County Assessor in 
Sierra County, California. I was later elected to that 
office. 

I enjoyed the work and challenges there 
immensely, however; not the politics. Resigned that 
position in 1974 and moved to Lemhi County, Idaho. 

In 1972, Lucy and I were married; she a widow, I a 
standard retread. Her principle interests are almost 
totally those of a homemaker; mine, reading, horses, 
rural pursuits, and home. We like to watch the skies 
-day and night- the weather patterns, the influence 
of the seasons, and the annual arrival of new life - 
and departure of the old. 

Sierra County, in California, straddles the northern 
Sierra's in an east-west orientation, bordering on 
Nevada. It is mountainous, very rural, and has a low 



population -about three thousand five hundred. A 
nice place to live! -so why move? 

People! At one hundred miles from Sacramento 
and twenty five from Reno, it has become a 
playground, winter and summer, for many people. 
Many people at any one time. Very welcome by the 
Chamber of Commerce, -oppressive to permanent 
residents. A tough place to make a living, especially 
for the elderly and the young people just starting 
out, unless one can factor in the influences of 
inheritance some where. 

One could have easily introduced the last 
paragraph with the name. Lemhi, instead of Sierra. 
They are very similar placs, , geographically and 
economically -but not demographically. It may be 
coming. 

So, why Lemhi County for us? Well, we have 
always simply liked what we saw, the percentages of 
Federally owned land, the low (uninflated by visitors) 
population, the marked seasons, and the general 
not-too-hyper deportment of it's people; very solid 
citizens -are all attractive and valued components to 
us. 

And now that we've been here for seventeen 
years, there is not the slightest regret -only an 
increasing appreciation and gratitude. 

Furthermore, from our current vantage point we 
can see that there are two summers and one winter 
ahead -always a very pleasing prospect. 

— William H. "Bill" Bishop 



Joseph Frank and Nellie Basinger Black 

Joseph Francis Black, better known as 'Frank 
Black', entered Lemhi County in 1908, as a mail 
carrier from Arco to Ellis, Idaho. One stop was 
Clyde, on the little Lost River, where Emily Basinger, 
a widow, operated a four hundred eighty acre ranch. 
She was postmistress for seventeen years, the mid- 
wife for the valley, and the only doctor for twenty 
five years. Her daughter, Nellie, married Frank Black 
in 1907. They operated the Patterson mine for one 
year, when they hauled the ore in a wagon to Arco 
to the train. The train came in 1901. 

Frank Black was a rancher and stockman. He 
operated ranches at Ellis, and on Hat Creek, before 
moving to Salmon, in 1932. He bought the Zeims 
ranch on the Lemhi. Frank contracted and helped 
build the bridge over the river in Salmon. Frank also 
helped build the first Mormon Church in Salmon. 

The thirteen children included Harold, who was a 
district supervisor of the CCC. His wife, Hilda 
Chipman, was accidentally shot. Harold followed 
construction. He and his wife, Rose Zella Whiting, are 
both buried near Harold's parents and his brother, 
Sam. 



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Clyde helped on highway construction as a 
teenager. He owned a dry farm in Juniper. Clyde and 
his wife, Reta moved to Logan, Utah. He died in 
1981. Reta still lives in Logan. 

Jess was a teaching principal at Kirtley Creek 
School in 1934-1936. He was manager of 
McPherson Dry Goods Store for one year. Jess 
returned to Utah. He earned a doctor's degree. Jess 
was a professor at both BYU and the University of 
Utah. He now lives in Salt Lake City, near his son, 
Richard. Richard is a pediatric surgeon. 

Jess served in Army finance from 1942-1946. Sam 
served in the Army from 19411945. Virgil served in 
the Navy from 1941-1946. Arthur served in the Navy 
from 1943-1946. 

While Sam was serving in the Army, the Japanese 
held one hundred fifty six prisoners on an island 
near Alaska, until there were only nine survivors. 
With impaired health, Sam operated shoe repair 
shops until his death of lung cancer in 1965. 

Val was manager of Gamble's. He brought Van Gas 
to Salmon. Val bought ShawCurtis in Boise. He and 
his wife, Lois, have homes in Boise, Stanley, and 
near Phoenix. They own a thirty unit motel in 




FRONT ROW: Clyde two years old, Jesse six months old, Harold 
three and one-half years old BACK ROW: Nellie and Frank Black 
December, 1912 



Stanley. The Ministerial Association placed Val's 
name in nomination for the city council in Salmon. 
He was elected and re-elected until he served 
sixteen and a half years on the city council. Val also 
served twenty one years as a volunteer fireman in 
Salmon. Val died in Boise, on October 3, 1990. 

Virgil operated an oil company to supply service 
stations for many years. He moved to Logan, where 
he worked for more than twenty years at the Army 
Supply Depot. Virgil is retired and lives with his wife, 
Carol in Logan. 

Ivan Silbaugh didn't rent an airplane with 
streamers or rent a billboard to attract the attention 
of his intended -Juanita Black. Ivan fell in a well! Ivan 
and Juanita celebrated their fiftieth wedding 
anniversary in Salmon, on September 15, 1990. 
They live in Payette. 

After Arthur served in the Navy, he served as a 
deputy sheriff of Lemhi County. Later Arthur moved 
to Ogden, where he is an operating engineer for a 
bank and its several branches. Arthur and his wife, 
Harriet Austin, have had seven serve as Mormon 
missionaries. 

Vondell operated a lumber mill making plywood. 
Now, he and his wife, Phyllis, live in Sutherlin, 
Oregon. 

A daughter, Mrs. Delbert Carol Beck, died in 
Roseburg, Oregon, in 1982. Her sister, Edith, Mrs. 
Robert Ehlers, died in Seattle, in 1977. 

Ruth Estep lives in Clinton. Ruth's husband, Lloyd, 
worked for more than thirty years at Hill Air Force 
Base. 

The youngest is Clarence. He lives in Pocatello 
with his wife, Naida. Claremce works for the city of 
Pocatello. 

— The Frank Black Family 



Valentine and Lois Ziegler Black 

Valentine was born February 14, 1917, hence the 
name Valentine, in Clyde, Idaho. He was the son of 
Joseph Francis and Nellie Basinger Black. Val was 
delivered by his grandmother, Mrs. Basinger. 

The Basinger family operated a stage-stop at 
Clyde. 

Val's mother was born in Thebes, Illinois and his 
father in Utah. 

Valentine attended Challis elementary schools and 
graduated from Challis High School in 1935. He 
attended the University of Idaho, Southern Branch, 
Pocatello, Idaho. He took trade courses in auto 
mechanics for one year. 

Val farmed along the Salmon River. He also ran a 
butcher shop at Patterson, Idaho. Val came to 
Salmon in the fall of 1939, and worked for the local 
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Val purchased Northwest Butane Gas and went 
into business for himself. He was a member of the 
Idaho L.P. Gas Association. He was president of the 
National L.P. Gas Association for fifteen years. 

Val was an independent in politics. He served on 
the Salmon City Council for more than a decade. He 
was a member of the Odd Fellows, the Elks, the 
Rotary Club, as well as the Chamber of Commerce. 
He was president of the Salmon Fire Department. 
Val owned and piloted his own airplane. He was a 
member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots 
Association. He represented the county on the local 
airport committee. 

Mrs. Black is the former Lois Enid Ziegler. She was 
born December 9, 1918, in Goldberg, Idaho. She 
attended high school at Blackfoot, Challis and 
Salmon. They were married in her senior year at 
Missoula, Montana, on December 18, 1935. 

Lois is the daughter of Albert Alanthus and Hannah 
Louise Ramey Ziegler. Her father was born in 
Missouri. He was a rancher until his death in 1925. 
Her mother was born in Virginia and died when Lois 
was ten months old. Lois and her three brothers and 
sisters were reared by their elder sister. 

Val and Lois had one daughter, Billie Louise, who 
was born April 30, 1937, in Salmon. She married 
Charles Taylor Sturmer from Idaho Falls, on May 29, 
1955. They have one child, Cindy, born September 
13, 1956. 

Lois is past president of the Business and 
Professional Women. She was vicepresident of the 
Elks auxiliary. 

Val died at age 73 in Boise, Idaho, on October 3, 
1990. He is buried at Dry Creek Cemetery. 

— The Val Black Family 

Walter and Shirley Clement Blackadar 

Walter Blackadar was born August 13, 1922, one 
of the five children born to Lloyd and Harriet 
Blackadar. Lloyd was an actuary for an insurance 
company in New York City. Harriet, daughter of a 
Baptist minister, spent her time caring for her large 
family and home in Watchung, New Jersey. She 
spent many hours of volunteer time reading the 
Bible to prisoners in the county jail. She did this for 
years, although she was not rewarded financially. 

Shirley was born April 8, 1919 in Nashua, New 
Hampshire, one of the three children of Otis and 
Gladys Clement. Otis died quite young. Ruth 
Blackadar remembers her Grandma Clement, who 
was a concert pianist, playing beautiful music on the 
grand piano that occupied a corner of her 
livingroom. 

Walter Blackadar learned his love of the outdoors 
early in life, beginning with the reading of books 




Walter and Shirley Blackadar 

written by a British doctor named Grenful. They 
were about a country doctor who had many exciting 
adventures as he was helping people. Most of Walt's 
summers were spent around Lake Muskoga, the 
family's summer home. 

Shirley grew up to be a well-mannered, soft 
spoken, petite and beautiful woman. She was a 
caring, calm, religious person. Walt was the opposite, 
being fun loving, adventurous, rough at times, and 
not very religious. They made quite a pair. Walt 
thought it was the wife's job to take the kids to 
church. Shirley assumed this responsibility when 
they had their family. 

Walt and Shirley met each other about 1944. They 
were married June 16, 1945. He was a Dartmouth 
medical student and she was attending the university 
of New Hampshire. He later graduated from 
Columbia University of Physicians and Surgeons. He 
served his internship at Mary Hitchcock Memorial 
Hospital in 1947. Daughter Ruth was born there 
August 11, 1946. Walt served in the United States 
Navy from 1947 through 1949. Shirley served as a 
dietician for the Army in Australia, through World 
War II. 



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Walt felt that he should be a country doctor; not 
one in the asphalt jungles of the east. He decided 
that he should go out to the "rugged wild west" to 
do this. 

Shirley, loyal wife that she was, agreed that it 
might be fun to go out west and start a new life. 
Daughter Lois was born about this time. 

In 1949, Walt read an ad in a medical journal. He 
joined Dr. Mulder in Salmon, Idaho, in his family 
practice. This partnership lasted about ten years. 
Walt, then opened his own office in Salmon. The 
people in the area enjoyed this caring, fun loving 
doctor for almost thirty years. 

Twins, Nancy and Bob, and the Sue, were born in 
Salmon. The five children and their parents lived at 
the home on 609 West Fourth Street for many 
years. The home is now occupied by Ruth and 
husband, Vinson Johnson, son Doug, and daughter 
Kathleen Marshak. 

Walt took up the sport of kayaking after he tired of 
trapping, skiing and fishing. He never tired of 
hunting, but when he was with hiskayaking friends, 
he became a conservationist, trying to protect the 
rivers from being dammed up and ruined for fishing 
and boating. He worked hard for this cause and also 
for Planned Parenthood. He adopted some lines 
written by Robert Kennedy, "I want to be a 
participant, not a spectator" as a basic philosophy, 
and set out to live it. He organized trips down the 
Salmon River, as well as rivers in Alaska, California. 
Mexico, and other areas. He made friends 
everywhere through these activities. Many of these 
friends visited the Blackadar home. 

Walt died in a kayaking accident on the South Fork 
of the Payette River on May 11, 1978, at the age of 
fifty five. He is buried at Garden Valley. A six 
thousand foot peak at the entrance of Turnback 
Canyon on the Alsek River in British Columbia is 
named for him. He made a trip down this river alone 
in 1971. 

Shirley died four years after Walt did, in Boise's St. 
Alphonso's Hospital, of cancer. It was a meloma that 
started on her left arm and spread to her brain. She 
was living in Boise at the time, where she had 
purchased a condominium. 

The Blackadars loved their children and 
grandchildren very much. Four of the five children 
still reside in Lemhi County; as do all of the 
grandchildren. The grandchildren are Weston and 
Wayne Cook, Douglas and Kathleen Marshak, Marti 
and Jerry Bryant, Bill, Kathryn, and Ryan Blackadar. 
One daughter. Sue, lives in the state of Washington. 

— Ruth Blackadar 



— The hooin li.ns surely struck town. There 
is a scissois urinJur in town. 

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Lu and La Dera Blake 

Lu and La Dera Blake moved to Salmon in April, 
1947, and built Blake's Market on the edge of town. 
They started out with groceries and gradually added 
musical instruments and pianos. La Dera taught 
piano lessons to students from Challis to Leadore. 
Teaching those wonderful young people was a great 
privilege and joy to her. She still enjoys hearing 
from, and visiting with many of them as they cross 
her life. 

1949 was the winter of the cold freeze! Remember 
how most of the water lines froze throughout the 
city!! The hospital, cafes, and some of the 
businesses had small emergency pump systems; but 
the rest of us hauled our water from friends and 
relatives out on ranches who had private wells. We 
even did our laundry at my parent's ranch for nearly 
two months until the water lines in town thawed out. 

Lu was working for Harold Haven's service station 
and delivered stove oil all over the valley. One 
particularly cold day he returned home at nearly 
midnight. He'd taken a load of fuel oil to Challis and 
had to hand shovel thirty six snowslides off the main 
highway so he could get through. Then the oil was 
frozen to slush when he went to unload it! The roads 
out of the valley were so terrible, it was hard for 
even grocery delivery trucks to make regular 
deliveries. By the time the (Big Freeze) ended in 
March, supplies were getting a little low in some of 
the stores!! Soon after that, Lu went to work for 
Idaho First National Bank, where he worked until we 
moved away. 

Our son Kim was one and one half years old when 
we moved to Salmon. In 1953, we adopted seven 
year old Ann; and two months later adopted ten 
year old Rosann. These girls brought a lot of joy and 
happiness to our family. 

Our family spent lots of evenings picnicking or 
camping out. Even now, when we are talking about 
the (good old days in Salmon), the kids all start 
laughing and telling their own children about the fun 
they had there. We took lots of home movies while 
in Salmon; which we had put on VCR and show them 
often at family gatherings. 

Our family was active in LDS Church activities. Lu 
was Ward or Stake Clerk the years we lived in 
Salmon. La Dera was Ward or Stake Primary 
President, taught eight to ten year olds in Sunday 
School, and was involved in various music positions. 
We loved the people in Salmon, very, very much; 
and enjoyed visiting with many of them in the 
ensuing years. 

We moved to the Boise Valley at Thanksgiving 
time, 1955, where we continued serving in various 
church positions. We are now serving in the inspiring 
Boise LDS Temple. 

Our three children have grown up. 



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La Dera and Lu Blake 

Rosann married Leslie Taylor and had three boys: 
Terry, Steve, and Todd. Steve just returned from an 
LDS mission to Argentina. 

Ann married Larry Crandall. They have four 
children; Kenny, who just returned from an LDS 
mission to Mississippi, Lori, who is serving a mission 
in Scotland, at the present time, and Melissa and 
Kimberly who are still at home. They have lived in 
Boise all these years, but are being transferred to 
Dallas, Texas, soon. Larry is a comptroller-auditor for 
M-K. 

Kim married Sheryl King. They have six children. 
Lisa is being married April 27, in the Salt Lake City 
Temple to Bill Adamson. Aaron is leaving soon for 
Ricks College. The others are Sara, Rhonda, Paul 
and Martha. 

We also have two great-granddaughters, Erin and 
Sarah Jean. They are Terry and Candle's children. 

Time does fly and our families continue to grow, 
bringing us incredible happiness and joy. 

When we moved to Boise from Salmon, Lu worked 
for the Union Pacific Railroad for awhile. Then he 
worked as a postal clerk at the Nampa Post Office 
until 1978. He became ill and took early retirement. 



We had built up a sales business in our home, 
which we both enjoyed very much; especially the 
trips we earned and other advantages. 

Lu's health deteriorated. He had open heart 
surgery; a five way bypass and valve replacement in 
November, 1986. He did quite well. The valve that 
could not be repaired; ruptured. He passed away 
December 21, 1986. Lu was known for his honesty, 
integrity, love for his family, and his gentle, patient 
nature. We've missed him a lot. 

While serving at the Temple, I, La Dera, became 
acquainted with a special man, Joe Greenland. Our 
friendship led to marriage on July 15, 1989. We have 
found lots of happiness in our church callings, sales 
business, traveling, and family activities. 

Our family has shared so many blessings through 
the years. We are eternally grateful to our Heavenly 
Father for all He has given us. 

— La Dera Blake Greenland 
Verne and Judy Stoddard Blalack 

Judith Louise Stoddard Blalack was born May 13, 
1940, in San Jose, California; the youngest child of 
George and Jo Stoddard. When she was three years 
old, the family moved to the Salmon area where 
they purchased a ranch on Bohannon Creek. She 
was active with 4-H for ten years and was a member 
of a livestock judging team which, having won at the 
local and state fairs, earned a trip to the Portland 
Livestock Exposition in 1955. 

Judy attended the Geertson Grade School, Salmon 
High School, and University of Idaho where she met 
her future husband, Verne Blalack. Verne, son of 
George and Alpha Blalack, was born in Spokane, 
Washington, on October 4, 1938. He was raised in 
the Cataldo area and graduated from the Kellogg 
High School in 1956. He earned his way to college in 
the Palouse grain harvest, highway construction and 
with the family logging operation. After attending the 
University of Idaho for one year, he completed the 
next two years at the University of Hawaii and the 
returned to finish his degree at the University of 
Idaho. 

Having completed their college credits at mid- 
term, Verne obtained a teaching position at Coeur 
d'Alene. Judy taught at Kellogg during the spring 
semester. They were married in Coeur d'Alene on 
May 13, 1961 and received their degrees in 
education at commencement in June. 

Fall of 1962 found them teaching in Madera, 
California. The following summer, they took the job 
as lookouts on Stein Mountain and thereafter settled 
in Salmon when Verne accepted a position with the 
Salmon school district. Judy taught for one year and 
then chose substitute status as their family began to 
grow. 



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George was born on December 24, 1962, Tallis on 
April 2, 1965 an Dawn on July 11, 1967. 

During these years, Verne also worked at Salmon 
River Equipment. 

!n 1967, Verne received a National Science 
Foundation scholarship to attend summer school at 
Southern Oregon College. In 1968, he received 
another National Science Foundation scholarship to 
attend Ohio State University for his Master's Degree. 

In 1974, the Blalacks moved to Cataldo, joined a 
family business, and established the Blalack Catalog 
Agency, Inc. They were honored twice as the best 
Montgomery agency in the northwest. 

With the closure of all Ward's catalog operations, 
Verne and Judy sold their Kellogg property in 1986 
and returned to college to pick up new teaching 
fields. They attended classes at the University of 
Idaho with their two youngest children and in 1988 
were graduated with their son, Tallis. 

Fall of 1988 saw Verne teaching in Hailey, Idaho, 
and Judy working with the amnesty program 
teaching English as a second language (ESL). 

When Judy's father died in February, 1989, her 
mother stayed with them until the end of the school 
year. Then the Blalacks moved back to Salmon, 
where Jo could live in her own home. 

Judy began an ESL Program for the Mexican 
workers in the Salmon area, and Verne worked on 
the Stoddard estate. When Mrs. Stoddard passed 
away in 1990, the Blalacks decided to remain in 
Salmon. 

The Blalack children all graduated from Kellogg 
and attended the University of Idaho. 

George spent eight years in the Army, receiving 
the honor of 1990 Noncommissioned Officer of the 
year. Now as a civilian, he and children, Mellissa. 
Alistair and Jared, live in Anchorage, Alaska. 




BACK ROW: Ray and Patty Sales, George and Jo Stoddard, Scott 
Sales, Judy and Verne Blalack MIDDLE ROW: Beverly and Barbara 
Sales, Aleta Sales Pottinger, Tallis and George Blalack FRONT 
ROW: Mellissa and Alistair Blalack; Christmas 1986 



Tallis, having received a National Science 
Foundation scholarship, received his Master's 
Degree at the University of Virginia. He is working on 
a doctorate in electrical engineering at Stanford. 

Dawn received received her Bachelor's Degree in 
1989. She lives with her husband, Nathan Good, in 
Pendelton, Oregon. She is head of the computer 
laboratory at Blue Mountain College. 

Verne and Judy enjoy traveling. After learning 
some Spanish with Salmon's community education 
program; they spent last winter in Mexico. 

— Judy Blalack 

Don and Geneverie Blanchard 

Don Carlos and Geneverie Blanchard came to 
Lemhi County in 1944, residing in May, Idaho. He 
did some prospecting. In the spring of 1945, they 
moved to Salmon, renting a place until fall. They 
then bought a home and acreage on Mary Street. 

Don only lived here until July 5, 1946, when he 
passed away. He left family and memories. Don is 
buried in the Salmon cemetery. 

Don was born November 3, 1882, at Montpelier, 
Idaho. He was the son of William Cook and Jerusha 
Celesta Walker Blanchard. He first worked away 
from home as a teamster for a freight line from 
Bridger, Montana to Cody, Wyoming. He came down 
with smallpox and was sent home to Bridger alone in 
a wagon in 1898. With the loving care of his family 
he survived. 

Staying at this time, as a boarder was Miss 
Geneverie Blanchard, a school teacher. They 
became very good friends and on September 7, 
1902, were married at Fort Bridger, Montana. The 
day before, she had been confirmed into the LDS 
Church. Don's mother, a great niece of Joseph 
Smith, the prophet, taught her the Gospel from the 
Book of Mormon. 

Geneverie Jane was born, June 14, 1878, near 
Weeping Water, Nebraska. She was the daughter of 
Hyrum Potter and Amanda Melvina Herrington 
Blanchard. She attended school there for the first 
eight grades. They moved to Bethnay, where she 
graduated from high school and attended Bethnay 
College for two years. She was certified as a 
teacher. Bethnay is close to Lincoln, Nebraska. 

First, she taught school four miles from Joliet, 
Montana. She rode a pony to and fro everyday. 
Geneverie's second school was across the Rocky 
Fork River. She forged the river twice a day. 

Don worked in Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, 
Oregon, and Idaho. He followed the logging and 
sawmill industries, road and highway construction, 
mining, ranching and freighting. 

Part of the time he owned a business of his own. 



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Geneverie and Don Carlos Blanchard 



He owned and operated a freight line from Rockland, 
Idaho to American Falls, Idaho. During this time, he 
had a fellow by the name of Homer Holcomb 
working for him. Mr. Holcomb later became a world 
famous clown. 

While living in Salmon, he hauled and sold 
firewood, worked in the potatoes, and in 1946, was 
hauling and supplying timber for Elmer Whiting's 
sawmill. It was that year when he suffered his fatal 
heart attack. 

Mrs. Blanchard continued living in Salmon, where 
she was active in her church work. One night in 
1949, she was frightened by a prowler and decided 
to move closer to her daughter in Utah. 

Mrs. Blanchard lived in an apartment at Oak City, 
Utah. She spent the remainder of her life traveling; 
which she loved very much. She also spent a lot of 
time doing Temple work in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Don and Geneverie never were able to connect 
their two Blanchard families. Their children who died 
young were: Ella, Joseph, LaFae, and Wesley. Those 
who grew to adults and married: Iris, Wm. Alford, 
Evelyn. Ruben, Ralph, Irvin, Donna, Josephine, and 
Thad. 

— Blanchard Family 

John and Stefani Walker Blayden 

John and Stefani Blayden moved to Salmon, April, 
1974, after graduating from Brigham Young 
University. John met Stefani while attending Ricks 
College in 1971-72. 

Stefani was born January 11, 1952 in San 
Francisco, California and raised in Sacramento, 
California. She is the daughter of Barbara Smith and 
Grant Will Walker. 

John was born December 28, 1950 in Fort Belvoir, 
Virginia and raised in St. Anthony, Idaho until 1963. 
At this time his family moved to Salmon. His father 



purchased the Chevrolet dealership. John is the son 
of Ruth Fry and Marlin George Blayden. John 
returned to Salmon to work with his father at 
Quality Motors. He was over sales; now is General 
Manager and part owner. 

John and Stefani have five children, two girls and 
three boys: Mindy, their first daughter, was born 
July 24, 1974; Jenny was born March 25, 1977; 
Nicholas John was born December 12, 1978; Alex 
Walker was born March 30, 1982; and Gregory 
Marlin was born November 25, 1987. 

Their first home was a cute little white house 
located at 310 Lombard St. The November before 
Jenny was born, they moved down the street to 712 
Lombard, where they now reside. 

John has been a volunteer fireman for thirteen 
years, also involved in the Salmon Chamber of 
Commerce (serving on the board and as president), 
and enjoys the scouting program - currently serving 
as the scouting district chairman. He has also served 
a variety of church callings - Elders Quorum 
President, Y.M. President, Teachers advisor. Blazer 
leader, and activities chairman. 

Stefani has been involved at home with her family 
and has also enjoyed serving in the P.T.O., 4-H 
sewing and cooking leader, Salmon Boosters, and 
various community committees. She has served in 
the church in the Young Women Program, activities 
committee. Primary Teacher, Cub Scout den 
mother, Relief Society teacher, secretary and 
president, and cultural arts chairman for the stake. 

The children have always been involved with 
various activities and lessons. Mindy has been 
cheerleader since seventh grade. She has also taken 
piano and dance lessons; especially enjoying the 
years she danced in Rainbow Classics. Their group 
won several competitions. She also participated in 4- 
H sewing, cooking and lamb projects. That was a 
great learning experience (lambs!) 

Jenny has been especially interested in playing 
basketball and volleyball for the school. She has also 
taken dance and piano lessons, participating in Ricks 
College Piano Festival for the past three years. She 
participated in 4-H sewing, cooking and lamb; 
winning a fifty dollar savings bond for her cooking 
project - fudge jumbles! 

Nick has enjoyed Cub Scouts, summer baseball 
leagues, basketball, piano, and clogging lessons. He 
is currently working towards his Eagle in Boy Scouts! 

Alex has been involved with piano and clogging 
lessons. He enjoys any craft or science project. For 
his ninth birthday, he received a cockatiel bird. He 
enjoys playing with and training Spike. 

Greg has completed the family! He always loved to 
play with any kind of truck and reading any book 
that has anything to do with cars and trucks. He 
loves going to Grandpa and Grandma Blayden's each 
morning while mom goes on her walk. He enjoys 



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working outside, going to town or doing anything 
with Grandpa! 

We thank the Lord daily for our many blessings 
that we enjoy! Salmon is a beautiful place to live and 
raise a family. 

— Stefani Blayden 



Marlin George and Ruth Fry Blayden 

We are proud Idahoans! Marlin was born at New 
Plymouth, Idaho and Ruth's roots are from Rexburg. 
Marlin George Blayden married Ruth Christina Fry on 
September 27, 1943. Marlin was serving in the 
United States Marines and was stationed on the 
battleship, U.S.S. Idaho. He served in five major 
battles in the South Pacific during World War II. He 
returned from Okinawa to attend Officer's Candidate 
School at Camp LeJuene, North Carolina. He was 
discharged in October, 1945. 

During the Korean Conflict, he was activated as a 
member of the Idaho National Guard, 116th Combat 
Engineer Battalion in 1950. He was stationed at Fort 
Belvoir, Virginia, Korea for fifteen months, and Fort 
Lewis, Washington. First Lieutenant Blayden received 
the Bronze Star during the Korean War. 

After the upheaval of military service, the Blayden 
family returned to St. Anthony. In September, 1963, 
they purchased Valley Chevrolet at Salmon. They 
changed the name to Quality Motors. Initially, 
Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, and Cadillac franchises were 




Ruth and Marlin 1952 



held. In 1966, Pontiac, Buick, and GMC truck 
franchises were added. 

By the time Blaydens acquired Quality Motors, 
they had four children. All graduated from Salmon 
High School. 

Janet Blayden was born at St. Anthony in 1946. 
She attended the University of Idaho. She married 
Robert Lynn Morton. They had two children, 
Suzanne and Thor. The marriage ended in divorce. 

John Marlin Blayden was born at Fort Belvoir, 
Virginia, in 1950. He attended Ricks College and 
graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, 
Utah. He attended Dealer's Sons School in Detroit. 
He married Stefani Walker. They are the proud 
parents of Mindy, Jenny, Nicholas, Alex, and 
Gregory. 

Judy Ann Blayden was born at Madigan Army 
Hospital, Ft. Lewis, Washington, in 1953. She 
attended Ricks College and Idaho State University at 
Pocatello, Idaho. She is married to Lenard A. Hatch 
of May, Idaho. 

Betty Jo Blayden was born at St. Anthony, Idaho 
in 1958. She graduated from Brigham Young 
University. She has developed a career with 
Murdock Travel Management in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Ruth has always supported her family. She has 
actively participated in church, school and civic 
affairs, serving in many areas of leadership. 

In 1964, Marlin attended a Dealer's Training 
School in Detroit. He served as Chairman of Salmon 
River Days, President of Salmon Chamber of 
Commerce, Boy Scouts of America, County 
Chairman, Rotary Club and Idaho State 
Comprehensive Health Board for many years. Active 
in the Idaho Automobile Association, he served as 
President and as a delegate in Washington. 

The Salmon Jaycee Club presented him the 
Outstanding Senior Citizen award in 1967. 

In 1980-81, he was nominated by fellow dealers to 
receive the Time Quality Dealer Award. This award is 
presented by Time Magazine to outstanding dealers 
nationwide. Sixty three were honored that year in 
Los Angeles, California. In 1990-91, John became 
General Manager of Quality Motors and Marlin 
retired. The family feels gratified to have lived in a 
small, isolated. Western community and for the 
support and patronage of Salmon and the 
surrounding area. 

— Ruth F. Blayden 



Bernard and Ellen Crandall Blodgett 

Bernard Blodgett was a native of the Bitterroot 
Valley, Montana. He was born on June 14, 1910, in 
Hamilton, the youngest in a family of thirteen 
children. His father was Newman G. Blodgett, his 
mother, Margaret Adair Blodgett, He lived on the 



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family homestead at the base of Blodgett Canyon. 

Ellen Crandall Blodgett was born in Leduc, Alberta, 
Canada on April 13, 1913. She was one of three 
children. Her family moved to Hamilton in 1921. 

As a young man, Bernard worked in a grocery 
store. Shortly after their marriage, being a very 
ambitious and forward-minded person, Bernard 
decided to go into business. Bernard and Ellen, along 
with three other partners, opened their first store in 
Hamilton. It was the first self-service store in the 
area. Before long, their Economy Foods stores were 
in seven towns in western Montana. Bernard and 
Ellen, along with their growing family, moved several 
times, seeing each store become successful. 

In 1950, the partnership was dissolved. Bernard 
took over the store in Hamilton, planning to settle 
there. But change was to come again, and inl954 
the store was sold to Safeway with the agreement 
that Bernard would not start another store in the 
area. 

After a short period in California, the decision was 
made to move back to this area to be near their 
summer home at Gallogoly Hot Springs. Bernard 
came to Salmon and purchased the 0. P. Skaggs 
Store from Harry Holgate. After extensive 
remodeling, the store opened in 1955 as B & B 
Foods. It remains the same to this day. Over the 
years B & B has employed many local people, 
including dozens of high school students, starting out 
in the working world. 

In 1957, Bernard bought eleven acres of land from 
Bird Lambson between North St. Charles Street and 
Confederate Lane. There he raised and bred 
Shetland ponies. He constructed a house and a barn 
on this land and had as many as thirty ponies at 
once. 

Bernard was forced to retire because of ill health, 
and in 1967 the business was sold to their son, 
George and Don Vial. Over the years, the store was 
remodeled and added onto. In 1976, Don sold his 
half of the business to George and his wife, Susan. 
They have operated it since then. 

In 1986, what was at one time, the old Pioneer 
Bank and then a clothing store, was made into a 
bakery and incorporated into the grocery store. B & 
B now employs nineteen people. 

During their retirement years, Bernard and Ellen 
spent their time between Salmon, Arizona, and 
Gallogly Hot Springs. They are the parents of four 
children and eleven grandchildren. 

Their daughter, Bernadine, is married to Tom 
Tingle, and currently lives in Poison, Montana. Bernie 
has three children, Scott and Randy Vial, and Cori 
Tingle. Both Tom and Bernie have worked for the 
school system in Alaska over the past fourteen 
years. 

Dixie is married to Claude Blodgett and lives in 
Bellevue, Idaho. Claude has always been involved in 



the logging and construction industry. They have two 
sons, Victor and Brent. 

George is married to the former Susan Riggan and 
is the owner of B & B Foods and the Imperial 
Apartments in Salmon. George is also co-owner of 
The Country Store. They have two children, David 
and Lisa Blodgett Brown. 

Gladys is married to Neal James. Neal is the 
manager of the meat market at B & B Foods. Neal 
serves on the Salmon City Council. They have a son, 
Gordon, and a daughter, Melanie. 

Bernard Blodgett died in October of 1989. Ellen 
spends her time in Salmon and Lake Havasu, 
Arizona. 

— Susan Blodgett 

Mark and Billie Bloodgood 

The migration of our family to Salmon began in 
1962, when Mark and Billie Bloodgood moved to 
Fourth of July Creek after Mark's retirement from 
his C.P.A. firm in Glendale, California. They resided 
there until Mark's death in 1976. Because of ill 
health, Billie moved to Nelson, Virginia to be with 
her daughter, Carol Clark. Billie deceased in 1989. 

1967 brought Charles (youngest son of Mark), 
Dee, Stacey, and Matt Bloodgood to Lemhi County 
where they purchased and operated what is now 
known as the Savage Circle. Later, they also owned 
Johnny B's Restaurant, previously known as Wally's. 
While they lived on the big flat, they adopted two 
more children. Amy and Patrick. In 1977, the family 
moved to Dillingham, Alaska, where Chuck worked 
for the school district, and eventually moved to 
Anchorage. Chuck is currently employed with British 
Petroleum, working every other week at Prudoe Bay. 
They are kept very busy raising four of their 
grandchildren: Danny, April, Benjie, and Jamie. They 
also have two other grandchildren. Matt and Kathy 
Bloodgood have a daughter, Ariel. Amy and Dan 
Bahner have a son, Daniel Kyle. They are expecting 
another baby in July, 1991. 

Pat and Shirley (Bloodgood, daughter of Mark) 
Benoit became residents of Salmon in 1969. Pat ran 
the Salmon Variety Mart for a number of years. 
Then he went into car sales where he worked for 
Phil Fehr, Gary Anderson, Arnold Scholkowfsky, and 
Quality Motors. He was employed at Gary 
Anderson's at the time of his death in 1988. He was 
a Past Exalted Ruler of Salmon Elk's Lodge #1620 
and Past District Deputy of Idaho East. He was also 
Past Commander of the Salmon VFW and Past 
President of the Salmon Chamber of Commerce. At 
the time of his death, he was a lay reader at the 
Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. 

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office after nineteen years, in 1989, after her 
marriage to Kendall Mattis. They are now residing up 
Carmen Creek and enjoying life of retirement and 
the beautiful Salmon area. 

Connie (Benoit, granddaughter of Mark) and 
family, Tony, Kelley and Troy arrived in Salmon in 
1971. In 1972, Kimberly was born, narrowly missing 
being the first baby born that year. 

In 1975, Connie and Warren Trogden were 
married. In 1976, they had a son, Joey. 

Warren is the planer foreman at Salmon 
Intermountain Saw Mill and has worked in the 
lumber industry since 1975. He also owns his own 
general building business in Salmon. Connie has been 
employed at Security Pacific Bank (now known as) 
since 1982. 

Kelley (Trogden) and Wayne McAfee are now 
residing in Apple Valley, California. Troy is employed 
in St. George, Utah. Kim graduated this year from 
Salmon High and is currently employed at 
Garbonzo's Pizza Parlor. Joey is in the eighth grade 
at the Seventh Day Adventist School. He will be 
entering Salmon High in September, 1991. 

The last, but not least, member of the Benoit 
family arrived in Salmon. Judy (Benoit, also a 
granddaughter of Mark) and her two sons, Ronnie 
and Ryan arrived in 1973. In 1974, Judy and Jim 
Thompson were married. They had two sons, Jimmy 
and Jeffrey. Jim is currently employed as Service 
Manager at Gary Anderson Auto Sales. Judy resides 
in Boise where she is an employee of Idaho Power. 
Ronnie is also an employee of Idaho Power and 
attending Boise State. Ryan is a senior and will be 
graduating from high school in May, 1991. Jimmy is 
a Sophomore at Salmon High School. Jeffrey is in 
the sixth grade, attending the Seventh Day Adventist 
School. 

Ron Davies (Shirley's cousin) and family, Pat, 
Raymond, Lisa and Paul arrived in Salmon is 1978. 
In 1985, Ron and Laurie Martinson were married and 
our family was blessed with Laurie and her two 
children, Bart and Melissa. 

Ron was an employee for Austin Trucking, and 
Laurie is employed at the B.L.M. in Salmon. Bart has 
recently enlisted in the United States Air Force. 
Melissa is a Freshman at Salmon High. 

In 1979, Ron brought his mother (Shirley's Aunt). 
Yvonne Bloodgood Davies (sister of Mark's) to live in 
Salmon, after the death of her husband, Erv Davies. 
She lived here until her health failed. She later 
returned to Southern California to be with her other 
son, Bryce, until she passed away. 

Shirley has one other brother, Mark, who lives in 
La Crescenta, California, with his wife, Lorraine. He 
just recently retired as County Auditor for Los 
Angeles County, after forty two years of service. 
They have two sons, Mark and Michael. Mark resides 
in Arroyo Grande, California, with his two daughters. 



Allison and Kendra. Michael and his wife, Marilyn and 
son, Paul, live in Bellevue, Washington. They 
previously lived in Salmon for a short time. They are 
currently active with the religious hard rock band, 
Bloodgood, and travel throughout the United States 
and Europe giving concerts. Michael and Marilyn are 
also expecting another bundle of joy in March, 1991. 

Hope you all enjoy reading about our family 
history as much as I have enjoyed writing it for you. 
It's always a joy to tell about our family because of 
all the love and pride we have for each other. God 
has truly blessed us. 

— Shirley Mattis 

Walter G. and Helen Daniels Bloomsburg 

Walter Glenn Bloomsburg was raised in the Seattle 
area. He graduated from Washington State College 
at Pullman in 1915. Walter came to Salmon as a civil 
engineer. 

Helen Daniels was raised near Philadelphia, 
graduating from Swarthmore College in 1917. She 
came west to Salmon, seeking a teaching job and 
romance. She met Walter through her brother, Seth, 
who was a civil engineer on the same job. Helen 
taught at Salmon High School for two years. In 
August, 1919, they were married and moved to the 
ranch on Big Flat. 

They had milk cows, pigs, and chickens. They 
raised vegetables and sold to stores in Salmon. 
Later, as the amount of produce increased, Walter 
peddled up the Lemhi to Leadore, and eventually to 
the Big Hole Basin in Montana. 

Elizabeth Helen, Betty, was a Christmas baby in 
1921. In 1925, I, Barbara Anne, Barbie, arrived on 
the scene. We were joined in 1927 by Joseph Walter 




FRONT ROW: Barbie, Betty BACK ROW: Helen, Walter 1925-26 



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and in 1931 by George Luken. 

That fall I joined Betty at the Big Flat School. The 
new Highway 93, by the ranch, made it possible to 
sell a lot of produce at home. The CCC camps down 
river helped us tremendously through the 
depression. 

In the fall of 1934, Betty, at age thirteen, started 
to high school, driving the eight miles. The next fall, 
a school bus run was started from Gibbonsville to 
Salmon. 

That winter, we moved into our new log house. A 
year later, Dad had a new project, building a 
greenhouse. 

In 1938, Betty started to college in Missoula, 
majoring in journalism. I entered high school. A cute, 
blonde boy opened the school bus door for me the 
first day and I met my future husband, Paul Kriley. 

A highlight of every summer was Grandma Daniels' 
long visit from Pennsylvania. She was not able to 
come in 1939. She died that August. 

The next summer, a college friend of Betty's, Don 
Butler, came to work for us. They were married in 
1943. Don served in the Air Force in the European 
Theater. 

In 1941, Dad was sick. With Joe and George more 
interested in livestock than vegetables, a For Sale 
sign went up on the ranch. That summer we bought 
a cattle ranch on Lake Coeur'd Alene. It was rented 
out; which gave us time to sell at Big Flat. 

Betty graduated from college and I from high 
school in 1942. Joe had finished his sophomore year 
and George the sixth grade. 

Soon the greenhouse was sold and moved to 
Salmon. Then the ranch sold. We moved in the fall; 
and I started to the University of Idaho. 

In 1946, Paul and I were married. I returned to 
Salmon. The next eleven years are covered in the 
Kriley family story. We left in 1957, and now live in 
Northeastern Oregon near Imnaha. 

Our son, Pat and family live in Boise. Our adopted 
son, Richard lives in Orofino. 

Betty and Don returned to Salmon in 1953 for 
three years. Don taught in the high school. 

In 1987, Betty was hit by a car at Westport, 
Washington, and killed instantly. She was a well- 
known journalist, with several national awards. 
Daughter Erin lives in New York City; Mike in Boise. 

Dad died of heart trouble in 1948. Mother died in 
1986, at the age of ninety. 

Joe has retired from teaching math at Lewis and 
Clark College in Lewiston. He and Beverly are back 
up on the Lake Couer'd Alene ranch. They have five 
daughters and three sons. 

George is a professor at the University of Idaho, in 
the College of Agriculture. He and Hilma have two 
daughters and a son. 

— Barbara Bloomsburg Kriley 



Garth and Marilyn Ihle Bodily 

Garth was born in Burley, Idaho, second child of 
nine children to Helgor Orson Bodily and Ivor 
Williams. He was raised on a farm and learned early 
the value of hard work. 

He graduated from Buhl High School. His best 
friend and family had moved to Buhl. He moved with 
then and was treated just like one of their family. 
Then he enlisted in the Navy for three years. He was 
stationed in San Francisco, and had the rank of a 
gunners mate. After his honorable discharge, he 
went to the Sparta School of Aviation in Oklahoma. 
Garth became a licensed airplane and engine 
mechanic. 

In 1950, Garth traveled to Salmon, Idaho, to visit 
his family who had moved there to farm. While 
attending a church function, he met Marilyn Ihle. 

Marilyn had moved to Salmon with her family, 
Walter and Gertrude Ihle, when she was five years 
old. She was the second of three daughters and one 
son. The girls were born in Provo, Utah, and the son 
in Salmon. The son came later in life to Walter and 
Gertrude. He was only allowed to be with them for 
eleven years. What a tragedy when he died. 

Walter and Gertrude had joined the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chemnitz, 
Germany. They wanted their family to be raised in 
Zion. They left their families and way of life to come 
to America. They later became American citizens. 

Family life, for Marilyn, was quiet in this sheltered 
valley. She attended school and graduated from 
Salmon High. The family enjoyed many outings and 
church together. There were few LDS children and 
Marilyn did not make friends easily. So it was much 
more remarkable that when Garth moved to Salmon 
he dated Marilyn. They were married in the Logan 
Temple for time and eternity. 

Garth worked for Stoddard Aviation for awhile and 
received his pilot's license. Marilyn worked in her 
father's bakery. Garth went to work for the bakery 
too, delivering bread and goodies to all the small 
towns in the area. In the summers Garth would go 
as far as Redfish Lake, over narrow gravel roads. He 
always stopped to help anyone having trouble. 

Garth bought and rebuilt a wrecked airplane. He 
loved to fly!! Marilyn would always get sick when she 
went with him. So after awhile, he sold the airplane. 
They bought a motor boat and some water skis. 
Great fun was had by family members and friends. 

Garth had many church jobs, Sunday School 
Presidency, Explorer Scout Leader, Deacon advisor 
and always a Home Teacher. Marilyn's church jobs 
were mostly in the secretary department of Sunday 
School, Relief Societies, Stake Relief Society, and a 
Visiting Teacher. 

In 1961, they adopted a baby boy, Walter 
Stephen, He was such a good baby that he went to 




Garth and Marilyn Ihle Bodily 

work with Marilyn at Lipe's General Sales for the first 
year of his life. In 1962, they adopted another baby 
boy, Don Garth. Marilyn became a mother at home. 

Another big change came into their life. Garth was 
now working for the Chevrolet dealership and was 
asked to go to Buhl as the foreman. So after twenty 
eight years in Salmon, Marilyn had to make a big 
change. After two years in Buhl, Garth was asked to 
go to the Ogden dealership. We moved to Roy, Utah. 
During this time. Garth developed a brain tumor, and 
died May 26, 1966. 

Marilyn found it hard to be both mother and 
father to two young sons and work full time. They 
stayed close to the Church. Despite her errors the 
sons grew up, graduated from Roy High School, and 
fulfilled honorable missions for the Church. 

Tragedy struck again in October, 1989. Stephen 
died. Don has been a great help and strength to his 
mother, and life goes on. 

— Marilyn Ihle Bodily 

Isaiah and Josephine Snyder Bohannan 

Isaiah Bohannon (known as Tick) was born 
September 28, 1840, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Isaiah Sr. 
and Eliza Jane Jordan. He came with his family to 



Lemhi County about 1867. The family lived in the 
Leesburg mining camp during it's boom days. 

About 1897, the family moved to what is now 
known as the Bohannon Homestead on Bohannon 
Creek. Isaiah's father died in 1890. 

Isaiah married Josephine Snyder Howard, June 12, 
1892, at Geertson Creek. They were the parents of 
seven children: Lena (August 14, 1893), Jerry 
(September 21, 1894), Eliza Jane (May 29, 1896), 
Robert E. (February 3, 1898), Willis (October 24, 
1899), Oscar (April 15, 1902), and Adell Margaret 
(January 20, 1904). The children were all born at 
the home place on Bohannon Creek. 

Josephine Snyder was born May 16, 1865, to 
George Washington Snyder and Elizabeth Jackson. 
She was born in Glenwood, Iowa. Josephine was 
married first to a Mr. Howard. They had one 
daughter. May, born November 30, 1887. 

Isaiah Bohannon Jr. and Josephine always had a 
large garden, which produced enough vegetables to 
provide an income. They had a large cheese press in 
the milk house. They milked seventy five to one 
hundred head of cows. They sold enough butter, 
cheese, vegetables, and fruit to the miners in 
Leesburg to make better money than if he had 
stayed with mining. 

The local newspaper of May 15, 1901, carried the 
following item under Ranch News: Isaiah Bohannon 
has put out 2,500 new apple trees this year! 

The Bohannon's were good providers. Their crops 
and orchards flourished under their care. Isaiah and 
Josephine were always respected citizens of Lemhi 
County. 

Isaiah Bohannon Jr., died April 8, 1908. Josephine 
died January 25, 1946. They both died here and 
were buried in the Salmon Cemetery. 

— Joyce Smith 




Josephine and Isaiah Bohannon Jr. 



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Isaiah and Eliza Jordan Bohannon 



Oscar and Adellia Lund Bohannon 



Isaiah Bohannon Sr. was born February 12, 1816. 
There is no proof to his parentage, but it is possible 
his father was Isaiah Bohannon. An Isaiah applied for 
a land grant in Georgia, and owned property near 
Elkwood, Alabama, which is near both the Georgia 
and Tennessee borders. Three Census reports list his 
birthplace as Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia, with 
his parents birthplaces as South Carolina. His 
mother's name is not known. The family moved from 
Tennessee westward. He met and married Eliza Jane 
Jordan. 

Eliza Jane Jordan was born May 9, 1819, the 
daughter of Thomas Jordan and Mary Ann Whiteside. 
She was born in Illinois. The marriage of Eliza Jane 
Jordan and Isaiah Bohannon took place in Jo 
Daviess, Illinois, on July 28, 1833. Their first home 
was in Galena, Illinois, where two children were born. 
A few years later, they moved to Dubuque, Iowa, 
where the rest of the children were born. 

Isaiah and Eliza were parents of fifteen children. 
The 1859 Census of Dubuque, Iowa, lists part of the 
family of Isaiah and Eliza Jane Jordan. The name 
was spelled Baughmen. 

Their children were: Irvin (May 19, 1835, died 
September 19, 1836), William Early (March 19, 
1837, died January 18, 1913), Samuel (February 9, 
1839), Isaiah (September 28, 1840), Mary Ann 
(August 16, 1842), Martha (September 1, 1844), 
Sarah Jane (July 16, 1846), John Bunyan 
(September 30, 1848, died February 17, 1862), 
Thilinda (October 29, 1851, died February 17, 1862), 
Willis (December 19, 1853), George Washington 
(May 23, 1856, died February 1, 1862), Eliza Ellen 
(December 3, 1857), Fanny (December 21, 1859, 
died February 14, 1862), Ann Maria (August 4, 1864) 
and one more child. 

Isaiah and Eliza Jane lived in the small town of 
Bankston, Iowa, when their last children were born. 
Soon after, they packed up and moved west. They 
lived in California for a time, and moved to Salmon, 
from Beartown, Montana, where Isaiah worked in 
the placer mines. The excitement over mining 
brought them to Lemhi County in 1867. 

During their mining days, Eliza ran a boarding 
house for the miners. She was greatly loved and 
respected by the miners for her kind motherly 
disposition and her kindly care of them in sickness 
and trouble. 

Eliza buried at least seven of her children in 
infancy. She left some of her married children back 
in Iowa and made the trek westward. Isaiah was sick 
the last twelve years of his life, dying in 1890. Eliza 
lived seventeen years longer and passed away in 
1908. They are both buried in Salmon, Idaho. 

— Joyce Smith 



Oscar Bohannon was born to Isaiah Jr. and 
Josephine Snyder Howard Bohannon on April 15, 
1902, at Bohannon Creek, near Baker, Idaho. 

His parents lived on a ranch, and Oscar grew up 
helping with the ranch work. He went to school in 
the log school house on Bohannon Creek. Dances 
were held in the school house, and alternately they 
would be held at the Geertson Creek School. 

Oscar was married at first to Olive Safford on May 
25, 1927 at Salmon, Idaho. They were the parents 
of three children, Lysle, Warren, and Margaret. 
Oscar and Olive were later divorced. 

Adellia Marie Lund was born March 26, 1916, in 
Salmon, Idaho. She was the daughter of Walter 
Henry Lund and Marie Wentworth. When Adellia was 
two years old, she moved with her family to 
Hamilton, Montana. She spent her younger life in 
San Francisco, California, and went to school there. 
She lived for a time in Helena, Montana. 

She was married in 1934, to Elbert Wheeler. Their 
children were: Clara Marie (May 27, 1936), Elberta 
May (September 26, 1937), Leroice Ann (March 31, 
1939), and Walter Melvin (November 7, 1942). 

Oscar Bohannon and Adellia Marie Lund were 
married on March 31, 1944, in Salmon, Idaho. Their 
children: John Oscar Bohannon (June 14, 1944), 
Ray James (September 26, 1945), Helen Adele 
(February 17, 1947), Joyce Lee (June 28, 1951) and 
a baby daughter (February 19, 1956), were all born 
in Salmon, Idaho. 

Oscar and Adellia raised their family here, in 
Salmon, Idaho. During his lifetime, Oscar worked for 
the C.C.C.'s and with Henry Benson for ten years. 
Later he worked on ranches. Oscar died September 
3, 1958 and Adellia died April 7, 1963. They are both 
buried in the Salmon Cemetery. 

— Joyce Smith 
William and Mary Trentor Bohannan 

William Early Bohannon was the second child born 
to Isaiah and Eliza Jane Jordan Bohannon in Galena, 
JoDaviess County, Illinois, on March 19, 1837. He 
married Mary Catherine Trentor on April 4, 1861, in 
Dubuque, Iowa. She was born December 14, 1841, 
in Wheeling, West Virginia, daughter of Jacob and 
Sarah Ann Crossley Trentor. She died February 6, 
1913, near Leadore. Idaho. William died January 18, 
1913, at his home near Leadore, Idaho. 

They were the parents of ten children: William 
Isaac, Jacob Grant, Charles Sherman, John Elmer, 
Annie Eliza, Lewis Clarence, Myrtle May, George 
Washington, James Franklin, and Ray Raymond. All 
their children were born in Dubuque or Grundy 
Center, Iowa, from 1862 to 1884. 



Ill 



The following excerpt is taken from the Jordan 
family newsletter: 

William Bohannon, aged seventy five years and 
nine months and for over twenty three years a 
resident of Lemhi County, died at his home, ten 
miles west of Leadore, at 6 o'clock a.m., Saturday, 
January 18, after a lingering illness of several 
months. He conversed with friends and relatives up 
to the last minute of his life, then passed peacefully 
away. 

Mr. Bohannon was well known to almost every 
resident of the county, was upright and honorable in 
all his dealings and held the highest esteem of his 
fellow citizens. There are left to mourn his death, a 
wife, a daughter, and five sons, besides two sisters, 
Mrs. Mary Wyant at Salmon and Mrs. Gruell residing 
in California, and a brother, Sam Bohannon in 
Nebraska. Three of his sons reside in and near 
Leadore. The remains were brought to the M.E. 
Church at Junction, where services were held. 

William Bohannon was a brother of Isaiah 
Bohannon, the pioneer who died near Salmon some 
years ago. 

— Joyce Smith 



Joseph Day and Elizabeth Snyder Bohney 

Joseph Day Bohney (Bohne) was born September 
29, 1878, at Mt. Pleasant. Utah, to Henry Marten 
Bohne and Juliette Day, the tenth child of seventeen 
children. His brothers were Henry, Guy, Manley, 
Adolph, Raymond, Abner, Arlington, and Ernest. His 
sisters were Alice and Adelaide, twins, and Annine, 
Elmira, Julietta, Edna, Arietta, and Gertrude. Joe 
later added a Y to the name Bohne(y). 

His father, H. N. Bohne, was one of the original 
Pioneers of Utah who moved with his parents from 
Nauvoo, Illinois, at age twelve. A handcart was used 
to carry their belongings across the vast plains and 
rugged mountains to Mt. Pleasant, Utah, where they 
lived until 1890. 

They purchased a ranch at Birch Creek and lived 
there until 1898, when the family settled in 
Cardston. Alberta, Canada. Joe was the only one 
who stayed in the United States. 

He left home as a young boy and followed the 
trade of blacksmithing all his life. In the early days , 
he had a blacksmith shop in Baker, Idaho. He 
operated a blacksmith shop in Salmon, from 1933, 
until it was destroyed by fire in 1962. He purchased 
the shop on St. Charles Street, from Johnny 
McClaren. It was located between the city 
equipment yard and the Pioneer Hall (Elks Hall). 

He plied his hammer and tongs for the freight 
outfits that hauled huge loads of merchandise 
overland in wagons. The freight wagon era had its 




Maude Van Orsdale, Lizzie Bohney, Eva Rose, Jeanne Rose, Joe 
Bohney, Will Van Orsdale 



link in the Bohney Blacksmith Shop. He housed an 
unusual collection of equipment needed to keep the 
freight wagons rolling. There was a jack that was 
used for raising the heavy wagon wheels off the 
ground. 

Found in almost every freight wagon was a "Shoe" 
or contrivance for locking on a wheel while the 
loaded vehicle descended steep grades. There was 
also a device for shrinking the steel tire on a wheel. 
This is a machine for bending the tire to shape 
around the wheel. 

Bohney preserved the special tools needed in 
freight wagon maintenance: Augers for drilling rims 
to receive the spokes, pointers to locate the 
positions around the rim, a traveler for measuring 
the circumference of wheels and tires and a cone 
shaped mandrel for rounding and sizing metal rings. 

He sharpened miner's picks and plow shares, and 
shoed an occasional horse. He also sharpened picks 
and shovels for the city. 

As a young man he married Edna Peterson and 
later married Elizabeth Snyder. Their marriage took 
place in the Lemhi Hotel, January 5, 1932. They 
bought a home on St. Charles Street, where they 
lived until their death. 

Joe Bohney was a member of the L.D.S. Church. 
He died September 10, 1968, at Casabello Estate 
Nursing home; where he lived for six months. 

— Dorothy Hodges 

A. BARRACK, 

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Andrew and Bertha Harker Bolander 

Andrew Christian Bolander, son of James Christian 
and Anna Patrina Jensen Bolander, was born, 
October 18, 1884, in Aasted, Denmark. At the age of 
five, he came to America with his father, one 
brother and three sisters. Traveling by steamer, and 
then by train, their journey ended in Utah. Nine 
months later, his mother and three other brothers 
joined them. Eventually, there were twelve children 
in the family. 

In 1901, the family moved to Shelley, Idaho. In 
1909, Andrew married Bertha Harker. born 
November 5, 1887 at Taylorsville, Utah, to Job and 
Mary Griffiths Harker. When seventeen, she moved 
with her family to Shelley, Idaho. 

After Andrew and Bertha married, they moved to 
the Salmon country twice; the first time in 1921. 
They lived on the Isley Ranch, on the Big Flat, where 
Andrew supported his family working on ranches and 
doing other odd jobs. After two years, they returned 
to Shelley and moved again to Lemhi County in 
1925. They ranched on the Big Flat, until moving to 
Four Mile east of Salmon. From Four Mile, the family 
moved to Salmon, where Andrew followed house 



painting, paper hanging, and carpentry as an 
occupation. After a few years, he built their own log 
home on the bar in Salmon, with the help of his 
sons. 

Both he and Bertha were active members of the 
L.D.S. Church. Andrew served as a bishop for three 
years. Bertha held offices in many of the church 
organizations and was a Sunday School teacher. 

Andrew and Bertha had nine children. The eldest 
died at birth. The others were Mary, Elmo (Red), 
Cora, Ivan (Stub), Alona, lola, Calvin, and Theodore. 

Mary McFarland Davis has one daughter, Carma. 
Elmo had one daughter, Clair. Cora Bischoff had two 
children, Sandra and Michael. Ivan had three 
children, Lana, Bruce, and Pamela. Alona Anderson 
had one daughter, Patricia, lola Taylor had two 
children, Beverly and Robert Erwin. Calvin had five 
children, Andrew, Caren, Joanne, Cindy, and Robert. 
Theodore had two daughters, Vicky and Debbie. 

During World War II, three of Andrew and Bertha's 
sons, Ivan, Calvin, and Theodore, served aboard 
ships in the Pacific Theater. 

— Wilma Bolander 

Ivan and Wilma Dunkin Bolander 




Bertha Harker and Andrew Christian Bolander 1909 



Ivan (Stub) Harker Bolander was born September 
9, 1916, in Shelley, Idaho, to Andrew Christian and 
Bertha Harker Bolander. His parents came to Idaho 
from Utah. His mother boasted of having an 
ancestor at Fort Lemhi before Idaho became a state. 
His father was a native of Denmark, coming to the 
United States when he was nine years old. He 
farmed and was a house painter. Both he and 
Bertha were active members of the L.D.S. Church. 

Stub moved to Lemhi County twice, the first time 
was when he was four years old and the second 
time when he was nine. On the last trip, he 
remembers spending a night with his dad in the old 
hotel at Gilmore. While he tried to sleep upstairs, he 
could hear the miners whooping it up in the bar 
below. 

After completing his schooling. Stub worked on 
ranches from one end of Lemhi County to the other, 
from Leadore to the Pine Creek Ranch below Shoup. 

With the beginning of World War II, he enlisted in 
the United States Navy, and spent the next four 
years aboard ships in the South Pacific. 

In 1944, he married Wilma Dunkin, whose parents 
were Hugh E. and Ruth Birchby Dunkin. The Dunkin's 
came to Idaho from Wyoming in 1919, and settled 
on a farm north of Salmon, near Fourth of July 
Creek. Their place was known as Eagle Station. It 
served as an overnight stop for the Salmon River 
Stage Line; a down-river extension of the Red Rock 
Stage Line. 

Stub was discharged from the Navy, October 25, 
1945. He spent the next few years as a house 



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Wilma Dunkin and Ivan Marker Bolander 

painter, working with his father, and on ranches in 
Lemhi County. 

In 1957, the Bolanders bought their present home 
at the mouth of Fourth of July Creek. A first right to 
the waters of that creek was only one fact that bore 
up the history of the ranch. Beds of clam shells 
uncovered near the Salmon River during spring 
plowing, and the discovery of an Indian skeleton 
during excavation in the adjoining foothills, gave 
credence to the belief that the area was home to an 
Indian encampment at one time. 

In 1972, the Bolander's sold the biggest part of 
their ranch, keeping ten acres and their home. 

Stub and Wilma had three children, Lana, Bruce, 
and Pamela. 

Lana married Clarence Ike Neidigh, since 
deceased. She has a home in Helena, Montana. 

Bruce and his wife, Cathy, have two children, 
Jennifer and Jeremy. They make their home at 
Fourth of July Creek. 

Pam is married to Steve Settles and lives in 
Salmon along with their children, Cassie and Cody. 

— Wilma Bolander 

Harry and Maggie Whittaker Borstelman 

Harry Borstelman arrived in the United States 
from Germany, in July of 1927. He was born in 
Oyten, Germany, January 3, 1905. While a young 
man in Germany, Harry learned the butcher trade. 
He became very accomplished on the trumpet and 
accordion. 



After he came to the United States, he worked for 
a time for his brother, Herman Borstelman, who had 
a small ranch, west of Leadore. Harry also worked 
for Curly McFarland. 

Harry went to school in Salt Lake City, Utah, for a 
year to learn English. He worked as a butcher in his 
spare time. He also went to school in Leadore. He 
played for some of the dances at the Lee Creek 
School. 

About 1933, Harry started working for Floyd 
Whittaker. He is still working for Floyd's son, James. 

On August 30, 1935, Harry married Floyd's sister, 
Maggie Whittaker. 

Maggie Mae was born. May 20, 1909, in Circleville, 
Utah, to John and Rosalia Peterson Whittaker. She 
moved with her family to Leadore, in 1915. 

Harry and Maggie lived on her parent's home 
ranch when they were first married. Their two sons 
were born while they were living there. Son Clifford, 
was born, January 7, 1939, and Larry was born. May 
2, 1944. 

In the spring of 1949, Harry and Maggie and the 
two boys moved to where Floyd and Rosemary 
Whittaker had lived until their new home was built 
on Big Eight Mile. This little home is located not too 
far below below the John Whittaker home ranch. 

Maggie and Floyd's Peterson grandparents, James 
E. and Caroline, had lived in this home for a time, as 
well as a cousin, Arthur Peterson and his wife Lola. 




Harry and Maggie Borstelman 



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At the present time, Harry and Maggie still live in 
this little home. 

Harry was able to return to visit his family in 
Germany in 1955 and in 1968. He and Maggie flew 
together to Germany in the spring of 1972. 

In the fall of that same year, a niece of Harry's 
and her husband, Christa and Walter Rebers, came 
to Leadore from Userdicken, Germany, which is near 
the city of Bremen. 

Harry and son, Larry, returned to Germany in the 
fall of 1989. The next summer, another niece of 
Harry's, Johanna Osmers and her husband, Albert, 
and young son, Torbin, came to Leadore from 
Bassen, Germany. This is also near Bremen. 

For years Harry and Maggie produced a wonderful 
garden. They always shared their abundance with 
their families and friends. Maggie loves to pick 
berries. She spoils her nephew, James Whittaker, 
with red currants she picks from Cal and Carol 
Whittaker's currant bushes. This is the old John 
Whittaker home ranch. 

Harry and Maggie have ten grandchildren and two 
great granddaughters. 

Clifford married Pauline Ohman, August 21, 1961. 
They have five children: Tanya, Tate, Debra, Derek, 
and Travis. Clifford and Polly live in Boise, Idaho. 

Larry married Leona Mae Beattie, July 5, 1962. 
They also have five children: Shawna, Cody, Lance, 
Kevin, and Dustin. Larry and Leona live in Pocatello, 
Idaho 

— Whittaker Family 



Samuel and Harriet Esther Bowler 

Samuel Edgar Bowler was born March 31, 1859, in 
New York. In 1899, in Canada, he married Harriet 
Esther. She was born in Glencoe, Ontario, Canada, 
on July 11, 1862. They traveled to Idaho, where he 
was engaged in freighting between Corrine, Utah, 
and Salmon. 

About 1900, the Bowlers came to Lemhi County 
and began ranching on Boyle Creek. They first had a 
one hundred sixty acre desert land homestead just 
below the Winterowd ranch, which was located at 
the fork of the creek. 

The desert land homestead had no water rights. 
They later bought and moved to the ranch at the 
fork. They raised dairy cows, and sold untold 
quantities of butter in Salmon. 

The milk was churned by hand in an old round 
wooden churn, the by-product of which was 
buttermilk. 

Gladys Webb Swanson, who lived up the creek, 
rode horseback past the Bowler cabin to school. She 
remembers that Mrs. Bowler often gave her cold 
buttermilk from the root cellar. 

Hattie Bowler was described as a tall, angular 




Harriet Esther & Samuel Edgar Bowler 

woman, of striking appearance. She had beautiful, 
snow white, very short hair, unusual in those days. 
She always wore a long skirt. 

During their first years on Boyle Creek, the 
Bowlers would drive the cows to Gilmore for the 
summer. They would sell milk and butter to the 
miners. 

The Boyle Creek School was on the Bowler's 
property. During the school year, they often boarded 
the teacher. The school house was the scene of 
many a happy party with lots of good food, music, 
and dancing. The children would be put down to 
sleep, while the parents enjoyed themselves far into 
the night. Hattie Bowler was a wonderful cook and 
was well known for her steamed brown bread; which 
she brought to these school house parties. 

In about 1918, Hattie Bowler's two orphaned 
nephews, Charles Sanford Young and George 
Bateman Young, came to live with the Bowlers. 
Charles was born in 1904, and George in 1906, in 
Cascade County, Montana, to John Bateman Young 
and Carrie A. Young. Both parents died there. 

Charles was later sent east to live with his uncle. 
Like his uncle, he became a dentist. 

George B. Young remained with the Bowlers. He 
grew up on Boyle Creek, where after marriage, he 
lived with his own family. 

Samuel and Hattie had no children of their own. 

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mining throughout his thirty three years in Lemhi 
County. He spent a number of years in the 
development of a mining claim near Sage Creek, on 
the Salmon River. He may have done some mining 
at Gilmore. 

Samuel was very proud of his Hambletonian horse. 
He had Irene Bolander exercise him when Mr. 
Bowler was no longer able to ride. 

Samuel was a member of the Masonic Lodge in 
Salmon. 

The Depression brought hard times to everyone. 
The Bowlers lost the Boyle Creek Ranch. They 
moved to Salmon in the late 1920's; where they 
lived out their remaining years. 

Samuel Edgar Bowler died on September 4, 1933, 
at the age of seventy four. Harriet Esther Bowler, 
age seventy four, died November 26, 1936. They are 
both buried in the Salmon cemetery. 

— Ray Young 



Corwin and Blanche Olson Bowles 

Corwin Bowles was born December 8, 1912, at 
Afton, Wyoming. He grew up and graduated in that 
Wyoming town. He started working in the Star Valley 
Cheese Factory for Fred Brog, making Swiss cheese. 
His wage at that time was seventy eight dollars a 
month for twelve to fourteen hours of work a day. At 
this cheese factory, he became an accomplished 
cheese maker. 

In 1945, he was hired by Paul Brog Sr. to come to 
Salmon, Idaho and help start the Rocky Mountain 
Creamery - now known as Salmon Valley Cheese 
Company. He was to make the Swiss cheese. 

At the time they moved to Salmon, Corwin and 
Blanche had four children. Phyllis was nine, Kaydell 



was seven, Deanne was five and Rex was three. 

In 1948, Corwin decided to go into business on his 
own. He bought the Mountain Valley Dairy from the 
Stoke's Brothers. This business pasteurized milk and 
delivered the product to families and cafes. Corwin 
then added other products for his customers to buy, 
such as, cream, cottage cheese, and ice cream. All 
this was made at the plant. 

When Cobalt was started, Corwin made deliveries 
to the town of Cobalt, leaving Salmon at three 
o'clock, A.M.; returning back to Salmon late at night. 

The whole family was involved with the business. 
Phyllis and Kaydell got up at five o'clock every 
morning and made deliveries in Salmon. After 
school, everyone got in on clean up and bottle 
washing. Kaydell picked up milk from the farmers, so 
everything was in order to start processing milk for 
the next day. At this time, Corwin added eggs, 
butter, and bread for his customers. 

Corwin's ice cream and cottage cheese were the 
best. The ice cream was made from heavy cream, 
fresh egg yolks, sugar, corn syrup, plus stabilizer. It 
was truly gourmet ice cream. The ice cream mix was 
sold to Irman Gott's Drive Inn, Ken's Malt Shop, and 
Rexall Drug. Many people enjoyed the rich ice cream 
in the sundaes, shakes, and malts that were made. 

Corwin was interested in milk and keeping the 
product fresh. He bought brown colored milk bottles 
to prevent the ultra violet rays from shortening the 
shelf life of the milk. The bottle did keep the milk 
fresher and became a trademark of Mountain Valley 
Dairy. 

Then came the advent of waxed paper milk 
cartons, causing the demise of bottled milk. The milk 
cartons were easier to carry and were not 
breakable. The consumer preferred the milk in 
waxed cartons. 




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With the waxed carton and the close of the Cobalt 
operation, Mountain Valley Dairy was unable to 
compete with the big Dairies Community out of 
Missoula and Dairygold out of Idaho Falls. Mountain 
Valley Dairy was sold to Community Creamery in 
Missoula in the spring of 1956. 

Six more children were born in Salmon, to Corwin 
and Blanche. They are: Gayle, Shauna, Gary, Steven, 
Kelly, and Brent. All these children were delivered by 
a good family doctor. Doctor John Mulder. Phyllis, 
Kaydell, Deanne, and Rex all graduated from Salmon 
High School. 

Corwin and Blanche left Salmon in 1961. Corwin 
Passed away in 1988, in Darby, Montana. They have 
one daughter who still lives in Salmon, Deanne 
Helene Gray. 

— Blanche Bowles 



Jesse and Jessie Jenson Bowman 

The beginning of the Bowman family in Lemhi 
County was in the early 1900's when Jim Bowman, 
father of Jesse Bowman, came to Salmon with his 
race horses. He owned five hundred head of various 
kinds of horses in his later years. Among the horses 
was a well known horse named Black Jim. History 
has it that this particular horse, often ridden by his 
son, Jesse, was never beaten in his lifetime. 

Jim and his son, Jesse, had particular fascination 
for the country. This resulted in young Jesse, with 
his wife, Jessie, bringing their belongings in a wagon 
and moving to Salmon. Jesse drove horses and 
Jessie drove the wagon team. 

They had lived in the Wood River Valley, where 
Jessie was born. Jesse had also lived in what is now, 
Helena, Montana, before his father moved them to 
the Shoshone area. Jessie Jenson Bowman was born 
in what is now known as Gooding, Idaho. 

For the first year in Salmon, they endured the 
hardships of camping on Boyle Creek for several 
months. In 1912, the couple bought the ranch on 
Sandy Creek. It had just been recently 
homesteaded; no fences and no improvements. 
Three children were born there: Edna, 1914; 
Chester, 1916; and Roberta, 1920. 

Edna is now married to Don Wood, a native of the 
Bitterroot Valley, Corvallis, Montana. They had two 
children. Dona Enebo, Glasgow, Montana, and John 
B. Wood, Corvallis, Montana. 

Chester, and his wife, Lucille Mickelson Bowman, 
originally from Payette, Idaho, had two children. 
Karen, married to Marion Hill, lives in Richland, 
Washington and has two children, Brian and Heidi. 
Jay, married to the former Lois Nebeker, have two 
children, Daniel and Kristy. 

Roberta lives in Imperial, California, and has three 



sons, Jim, Bill, and Dane Thompson. 

Chester and Jay operate the Sandy Creek Ranch, 
where they continue with the cow-calf operation that 
was originally started by the family in 1912. 

Jesse Bowman died in 1962, the result of a timber 
accident. Jessie passed away in 1970, after a brief 
illness. 

Jesse had a brother and three sisters that also 
lived in the Salmon area at one time. They are: Jim, 
Mattie Lambeth, Minnie McCracken and Lily Radford. 
They were all children of the late Jim Bowman, and 
are all now deceased. 

— Lucille Bowman 
Claude and Florence F. Bryggen Boyle 

Claude New Year Boyle, the son of Thomas W. 
Boyle and Arville Louise Frerey (Frary), was born on 
January 1, 1894 in Gibbonsville, Idaho. His sisters 
were Mary, Edna Ann, and Gladys Boyle. His brother 
was Thomas E. Boyle. The family lived in Gibbonsville 
until about 1904 when his parents separated. Claude 
and his brother Thomas attended school in Missoula, 
Montana for a time. 

On September 3, 1916 Claude Boyle married 
Florence F. Bryggen in St. Maries, Idaho. To them 
were born five children: Delores Arvella, Helen 
Gladys, Claude, Virginia May and Donald Boyle. 

Claude homesteaded and ranched near Huntington 
and Burns, Oregon. He later served as a police 




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officer in Burns and Baker, Oregon and in Weiser, 
Idaho. He returned to Lemhi County in 1944 when 
the family moved to Salmon. Claude served as a 
police officer in Salmon from 1947 until 1956. 
Florence Bryggen Boyle worked as a cook at 
Steele Memorial Hospital until her death on June 11, 
1956. Following her death Claude moved to the 
Boise Valley. In 1962 he married again and 
continued to live in the Boise area until his death on 
December 11, 1971. He was survived by his brother 
Thomas E. Boyle of Salmon. Claude and Florence 
Boyle are both buried in the Hillcrest Cemetery at 
Weiser, Idaho. 

— Donald Boyle 



Michael Boyle 

My great uncle, Michael Boyle, was born in 
Cappamore, Limerick, Ireland on September 29, 
1836. He came to America around 1856 and started 
farming in the little town of Whitset, Wisconsin. 
Michael and Mary R. Boyle's first daughter, Nellie 
Boyle, was born on October 18, 1860. Another 
daughter, Anna Boyle, was born July 14, 1864 at 
White Water, Wisconsin. 

During the year of 1865 the family joined a large 
wagon train whose destination was the gold fields of 
Alder Gulch, Montana. They were there when the 
discovery of placer gold was first made on Nappias 
Creek at Leesburg, Idaho in the fall of 1866. Michael 
waited until the next spring to leave for Leesburg 
and arrived on April 3, 1867. Having secured some 
good placer ground on Arnett Creek and Rapps 
Creek he wrote to his younger brother, Thomas 
Boyle, in Ireland. Thomas left immediately and 
arrived in Leesburg in 1868. The two Boyle brothers 
and Michael's partner, Murray "Yank" Williams, 
washed out placer gold until 1870. At that time 
Michael and Thomas purchased a large tract of land 
on a creek north of Salmon. That creek was known 
as Boyle Creek until recent years when the name 
was changed to Tower Creek; the name, it is said, 
that was given the creek by Lewis and Clark. 

At Boyle Creek the brothers were very successful. 
They planted fruit trees, fenced a large acreage on 
which to raise hay, and raised both dairy and beef 
cattle on a large scale. They sold large quantities of 
butter to the miners at Gibbonsville in 1877 and 
later. At one time they were milking sixty head of 
dairy cows. 

The Boyle Ranch was known far and wide for it's 
cordial hospitality and was a favorite place for 
travelers to stop. Michael Boyle in his life labors had 
a very able helper in his wife, Mary R. Boyle, who 
possessed the necessary fortitude and industry of 
the pioneer women of those days. She died prior to 
1880. 



In 1880 Michael's brother , Thomas, was living in 
Gibbonsville, but Michael was still at the ranch. 

Michael and Mary Boyle's eldest daughter, Nellie, 
married John E. Mullen in 1880 at Salmon. The 
youngest daughter, Anna, was married to Robert B. 
Stocker in early 1893. 

Shoup's A History of Lemhi County says of Michael 
Boyle, "Mike was kind to his friends and several old 
mining friends had their claims on his property". 
Several newspaper items indicate that Michael 
probably took in old friends in their last years. An 
item in the Idaho Recorder Ju\y 12, 1893 says 
"Murray Williams, better known as "Yank" Williams, 
died at Michael Boyles' ranch near this city early 
Monday morning, July 10, after a protracted illness. 
The deceased was an old resident here." 

The 1900 Census indicates that Michael was living 
with his daughter and son-in-law, the Stockers, in 
Salmon at the that time. He died in their home on 
October 12, 1902 and is buried in the Salmon 
Cemetery. Michael Boyle's obituary said that he was 
one of Lemhi County's oldest and most highly 
regarded citizens and was respected by all who knew 
him. 

— Donald Boyle 

Thomas and Maggie Long Boyle 

Thomas Boyle Sr. was born in 1845 in Cappamore, 
Limerick, Ireland and married Maggie Long. A letter 
in 1867 from his brother, Michael Boyle, telling of 
the rich placer ground on Arnett Creek near 
Leesburg caused him to leave Ireland immediately 
for Idaho. Leaving his family in Ireland, he arrived in 
1868 to mine with Michael on Arnett Creek until 
about 1870 when they settled on a large acreage at 
the mouth of a creek north of Salmon that was later 
known as Boyle Creek. 

By 1880 Thomas had moved on to mine in the 
Gibbonsville area, although he listed himself in the 
census as a farmer. In 1883 Maggie Long Boyle and 
their fifteen year old son, Thomas (Tommy) W. 
Boyle, joined him on the Boyle Creek Ranch. About 
1887 they moved to Salmon and a ran boarding 
house called The Salmon River Hotel. 

It was opposite the Mathewson and Tewalt Livery 
Stable and the charge was $7 per week in 1888. At 
one time Maggie Boyle owned a restaurant located 
on the south side of Main Street between the Jack 
Steele Meat Market and the Pioneer Mercantile, 
which was in the building that is now Sessions 
Furniture at the corner of Main and Center. An item 
in the Salmon newspaper said "Mrs. Maggie Boyle 
has rented her house on Main Street to R. P. 
Quarrels, who has removed his office and residence 
there to. Mrs. Boyle has moved into a small house 



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on Main Street one door west of the residence of 
William Peterson." 

In addition to their son, Tommy Boyle, Thomas 
and Maggie had two daughters. Mary Boyle who 
married William Ritchey and later lived in San Diego, 
California, and another daughter who married M. R. 
King. 

Maggie Long Boyle's sister, Kate, also came to this 
country from Ireland in 1883 and later married 
William W. Flemming. They were residents of Salmon 
in January 1891 when word was received of the 
death of Maggie and Kate's mother, Mrs. Long. On 
December 9, 1891 it was reported that "W. W. 
Fleming has leased the New York Lodging House in 
Pocatello and will run the same in first class style". 
Bazil, their son, who later became Fire Chief at 
Pocatello and died in a fire there. 

Thomas and Maggie Boyle later moved to 
Anaconda, Montana and were living there in 1891, 
according to an item in the Idaho Recorder on 
March 1891. Maggie Long Boyle drowned in 1905 
and Thomas Boyle died about 1916 or 1917 in 
Anaconda, Montana. They are both buried in Butte, 
Montana. 

— Donald Boyle 
— History Committee 




Thomas W. Boyle "Tommy" in Salmon 



Thomas W. Boyle 



Thomas W. Boyle, known as Tommy, was born 
October 28, 1867 in Cappamore, Limerick, Ireland. 
His father had left Ireland, arriving in Leesburg in 
1868 and fifteen year old Tommy and his mother 
joined him at the Boyle Creek Ranch in the spring of 
1883. He learned the blacksmith trade and worked 
at various mines around Salmon until he met Arville 
Louise Frerey or Frary, at Shoup, Territory of Idaho. 
They were married there on December 27, 1888. 
While living at Shoup their first child, Mary Boyle, 
was born on October 14, 1889. People said they 
never saw a more devoted father than Tommy Boyle 
with his baby daughter. He would hurry home to 
play with her every day. When she died quite 
unexpectedly on March 26, 1890, at the age of five 
months, he was beside himself with grief. 

The next March was a happier time, as on March 
9, 1891 a son, Thomas E. Boyle, was born in Shoup, 
Idaho. On August 3, 1892, the Salmon newspaper 
reported that "on Monday afternoon, while Tommy 
Boyle was on his way to this city with a load of hay, 
he had the bad luck to smash one of his wagon 
wheels to smithereens just as he struck the farther 
end of the Lemhi bridge and narrowly escaped being 
thrown in the river". 

By January 1, 1893, when Claude New Year Boyle 
was born, the family was living in Gibbonsville, Idaho. 
The Gibbonsville Miner reported in March of 1896 
that "there was a break-in and robbery at the 
Thomas Boyle root house, in which the burglars got 
away with two slabs of bacon and about sixty 
pounds of beans, along with coffee, tea and lard". 
The culprits were never apprehended. On October 
19th of that same year, Edna Ann Boyle was born 
and four years later on September 19, 1900, Gladys 
Boyle was born in Gibbonsville, Idaho. 

In May of 1902 Arville Boyle gave birth to a baby 
boy who lived only a few hours. He is interred in the 
Gibbonsville Cemetery. 

Sometime during the next few years Thomas and 
Arville separated and she moved to Butte, then to 
Boise, Idaho, and later to Portland, Oregon. The 
Idaho Recorder of July 8, 1904 had this item: 
"Thomas Boyle returned last of the week from 
Missoula with his two sons who have been attending 
school there." 

In 1905 Thomas married Sarah Armstrong Wallace 
in Elko, Nevada. Sarah was born in Brussels, Ontario, 
Canada on March 6, 1863. Her first marriage was to 
Malcom Wallace. Thomas worked in the mines 
around Virginia City, Nevada for about two years and 
in 1907 they returned to make their home at the 
Ulysses Mine on Indian Creek. Tommy worked as a 
gold quartz miner, foreman and steel sharpener. He 
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First & third from left: Tommy and Sally Boyle At Ulysses ■ 1936 



blacksmith in the U. S. At Ulysses, Sarah was the 
postmaster in June 1910. They also worked at Camp 
Cobalt, Idaho. 

Sarah Boyle died at her home in Ulysses on 
December 20, 1940. Tommy stayed on at Ulysses 
and lived alone for many years. He always planted a 
garden kept a good wild meat supply and cut his 
winter wood. He continued to work at his mine, the 
Sally W., many hours every day and he proudly 
drove a 1929 Ford pickup. In his later years he 
spent the summers at his home at Ulysses and the 
winters in Salmon with his son, Claude, until his 
death on May 8, 1955 at the age of 88. He died of 
pneumonia while hospitalized after a fall which 
resulted in a broken hip. 

Tommy Boyle was truly one of the most well 
known and well liked men to have lived in Lemhi 
County. 

— Donald Boyle 
— History Committee 



Killed liy a Bear. 

Mike Boyle, one of tlie oldest timers in this 
country and a thorough prospectors, came over 
from tiie Big If ole country on Wednesday, 
reporting the killing of a ranchman in that 
part of the country, by a bad bear. He was 
found near the bruin with his gun ready for 
work, but the bear had the best of it, killing 
him instantly as shown by the lacuralions 
about his neck. Herman was hurried on 
Willow creek below Albert Nice's place. 



Glenn S. and Grace Smith Bradley 

Glenn Strawn was born in Boise, Idaho, August 27, 
1905, to William F. and Ermina Strawn Bradley. 
When he was about five, the family moved to a place 
on Jesse Creek, west of Salmon. He graduated 
valedictorian of his class and completed a "Ranger's 
Short Course" from the University of Idaho. He was 
Ranger on the Salmon National Forest when he met 
Grace Elisabeth Smith, born May 9, 1913, to William 
Charles and Anna Perry Smith. 

Grace played basketball all through high school 
and was salutatorian of her class, despite working 
much of that time. She was attending business 
school in Spokane when her mother died, she then 
returned home to help with the family. She was 
employed at the local forest headquarters when she 
met Glenn. Married May 24. 1934, their first home 
was at Copper Creek (now Cobalt) Ranger Station. 
She had much to learn about her new life; drive a 
car on forest roads, shoot a rifle, throw a diamond 
hitch on pack horses, order groceries to last the 
entire winter, prepare meals at any time with little 
warning of guests, and meet many emergencies. 
Glenn's hours in the forest were long. She once said 
if she ever wrote a book it would be titled And Glenn 
Was Gone. A knowledgeable valued resource was 
Mrs. Belle O'Connor of Forney. The nearest young 
couple for socializing was Willard and Beulah Rood 
on Big Creek. Grace adapted to all this. 

Glenn enjoyed history, loved poetry, and played 
the violin by ear. They knew the art of taking 
advantage of even limited amounts of free time for 
picnics, sports, time with family and friends. They 
passed this gift on to their children. 

In 1936 Glenn was detailed to the North Dakota 
dust bowl area to help farmers with soil 
conservation. Following that, he was assigned for 
fourteen years to the Sawtooth National Forest. 
Winter months were spent in Hailey, the others at 
Shake Creek Ranger Station - two moves yearly! 

In 1950, Glenn was transferred to the Caribou 
Forest: they lived in Pocatello, Idaho. He was active 
in Civil Defense for years, and worked with scouting 
and the Camp Fire Council. He also belongs to 
Masonic and Odd Fellow Lodges. 

Their church has always been a major part of their 
lives. 

Grace belonged to Eastern Star and Chapter BA, 
PEO. She enjoyed these, but her main priority 
always was maintaining a stable home environment 
as focus for family and friends. This greatly eased 
the impact of their many moves and activities. 

Grace and Glenn had four children and twelve 
grandchildren. Barbara Ann Bradley was born August 
19, 1935 in Salmon, she married Edward E. 
Hershberger on June 23, 1957 in Pocatello, Idaho. 
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Glenn Strawn Bradley Jr. was born September 15, 
1936 in Salmon. He attended his first rodeo in 
Salmon at age two weeks, this may account for his 
lifelong love of horses! Glenn Jr. married Carolyn 
Fishburn on January 31. 1960 in Pocatello, they 
later had four children: Karen Sue, Gala Ann, Glenda 
Marie, and Diane May. Jeanette Marie Bradley was 
born March 6, 1939, in Hailey, Idaho, she married 
John Lortz on August 27, 1960 in Pocatello. They 
were the parents of three children: Lisa, Victor and 
David. Patricia May Bradley was born February 18, 
1942 in Hailey, Idaho, she married Paul Phillipson on 
May 19, 1965 and were the parents of two children: 
Mark and Andrea. 

Grace passed away December 18, 1987 in 
Pocatello, Idaho. Glenn lives with his son on his farm 
near Shoshone. 

— Willa Smith Chaffee 



William F. and Erminna Strawn Bradley 

William Faber Bradley, known as "Will" to family 
and "Brad" to friends, was born in Mexico, Missouri 
in 1860. His father died when he was an infant and 
his mother died when he was six years old. He lived 
with his maternal grandparents until age thirteen, at 
that time he started a mining career. 

He had approximately two and a half years in 
school; the rest was self taught. Despite his lack of 
formal education, he was an avid historian and knew 
the Bible nearly word for word. 

In his late teens, he traveled to Iowa and met the 
Strawn family. He crossed the plains with them in 
covered wagons. On this trip he met his future wife, 
sixteen year old Erminna Viola Strawn, called 
"Minnie" by family and friends. Minnie was born in 
Iowa in 1869. 

Will and Minnie were married in 1885 in Rosita, 
Colorado. Their first child, Herbert William, was born 
there in 1886. They moved to Aspen, Colorado 
where two more children were born; Lee Cameron in 
1888 and Cecile Minerva in 1892. They then moved 
to Cripple Creek, Colorado, where their son, Frank 
Bryan, was born in 1894. There last home in 
Colorado was New Castle. Their fifth child, Claudia 
Wiona was born there in 1898. 

In 1902 Will and Herbert went by train to Boise, 
Idaho, and Minnie and the other children joined 
them later the same year. They lived in Boise until 
1909, and their son, Glenn Strawn, was born in 
1905. Both Herbert and Cecile were married during 
this time. 

In 1909, Will and Lee traveled by train to Salmon 
to investigate the possibilities of developing a mine 
on what the family referred to as Coal Hill. This 
property was near where Chip Creek joins Jessie 



Creek. They decided to stay, so Minnie, Frank, 
Claudia, and Glenn came to Salmon by train. 

Herbert and his family moved to Baker, Oregon 
until 1912, and then moved to Salmon. A story 
passed down through the family says that Herbert 
drove the first car, a Dodge, over the Leesburg Hill. 

The first Bradley home in Salmon was on Fulton 
Street approximately two blocks above the Brooklyn 
School. But the Bradleys soon built a small cabin 
near the mine. This is where their daughter, Gladys 
Josephine, was born in 1910. Will was a great 
admirer of Napoleon and gave Gladys the middle 
name of Napoleon's wife - Josephine. 

The cabin was too small for the entire family so 
the two older boys, Lee and Frank, slept in a tent 
with a wooden floor. Will and the boys still at home 
worked the mine and sold coal in Salmon. 

Will homesteaded forty acres, about two miles 
below the mine on Jessie Creek. In 1912 with the 
help of Lee and Frank, he built a five room, log 
house with an attic. That remained the family home 
until Will's death in 1936. Minnie was cared for in 
private homes until her death in 1939. The property 
remained in the family, until Lee and his family 
moved there in the mid-forties. They lived there until 
the early sixties, when the property was sold and the 
original home destroyed. 

Frank was the only child to serve in the military. 
He enlisted in the Marine Corps and served during 
World War I. 

The seven Bradley children all married and had 
families. Herbert's children were Eletha, Leila, 




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Herbert Jr. and Joy. Lee's family was Noni, Lee Jr., 
Steve, Lee, Glenn, Dusty and Leota. Cecile had one 
child, Marion Lorance. Frank's children were Frank 
Jr. and Nellie. Claudia's family were Roy, Jessie, 
Ray, Athena, and Bernice Moore. Glenn's children 
were Barbara, Glenn Jr., Jeanette and Patricia. 
Gladys had a son, Bradley Naegle. 

— Nellie Bradley Bunce 

Orville and Beulah Brenneman 

Two special people in Lemhi County were Orville 
and Beulah Winn Brenneman. They both were born 
and raised in Kansas. Orville was born in Dinnison on 
February 21, 1898, while Beulah was born in 
Coffeeville on October 4, 1897. 

Orville moved to Caldwell and was part owner of a 
honey business. Beulah and Orville met when she 
became an employee. They courted and were 
married on December 23, 1923. 

The couple moved to Salmon in 1925. Orville had 
various jobs at first, such as hauling ice for Allen 
Merritt and working at the ice cream plant located 
on the corner of Main and Daisy, where Steele 
Memorial Hospital stands today. 

He later went to work at the Post Office as a 
clerk. In his job, he acted as the Indian Agent 




Beulah and Orville Brenneman 



distributing their checks. They presented him with a 
warbonnet which is on display in the museum. 

Orville was an accomplished carpenter. He could 
usually be found creating something himself or 
helping a friend with repairs. Many of the cabinets 
and finish work in the museum were done by him. 

In 1928 a son, James "Jim", was born. He 
attended local schools, graduating from Salmon High 
School in 1946. He continued his education at the 
Montana School of Mines at Butte, then joined the 
Air Force. In 1972 he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel 
and now resides in Salem, Oregon with his family. 

Beulah taught school in Lemhi County for many 
years. She especially enjoyed working with children 
with learning difficulties. Her efforts were 
concentrated in the first and second grades. Many of 
her students make their home in Salmon today. She 
made an impression on each one she taught . . . 
bringing out the very best that was in them. 

In addition to teaching and domestic duties, 
Beulah taught herself to braille. She brailled all of 
Walt Morey's books written up to 1984. They were 
reproduced in Illinois and distributed to the blind. 
Mr. Morey gave her carte blanche to copy all of his 
books. The most popular being Gentle Ben. 

Every year she dedicated the title page from her 
books to the Beta Sigma Phi chapters and P.E.O. In 
addition, she knit a tiny stocking for every member 
in her two favorite organizations. 

Both were very active in establishing the Lemhi 
County Historical Museum. They contributed 
numerous interesting items, as well as, financial 
support during their lives. 

Beulah was a trustee of the Salmon Public Library 
for over thirty-five years and was an active board 
member as long as health permitted. She was 
designated "Trustee of the Year" by the Idaho State 
Library Association for her long service and work on 
special projects. Beulah was instrumental in the 
development and growth of the Salmon Public 
Library which serves all of Lemhi County. 

In 1935, the family took a walking trip to Stoddard 
Creek on the Middle Fork. After a few days, they 
arrived at Earl Parrots' cabin. Earl was a hermit, who 
had gone there for health reasons. He told Beulah 
she was the first white woman to visit his place. 

The needy were always helped by the 
Brennemans, Jim recalls the many lunches he was 
asked to carry over to the Brooklyn School. 

After their retirement in 1960, they traveled to all 
the states. Even flew to Hawaii in 1970 to be with 
Jim. Several trips to Mexico were taken with Tom 
and Maude Benedict. 

At age 76, Beulah underwent open heart surgery. 
She recuperated quite well. Doctors said she was 
one of the oldest to have had this type of surgery at 
the time. 

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wedding anniversary. The city honored them by 
naming them "Salmon's Valentine Sweethearts". 
They, at 86, were the oldest married couple in 
Lemhi County. 

Beulah was a charter member of P.E.O. and active 
in O.E.S. She became an International Honorary 
Member of Beta Sigma Phi in 1976. The ladies of 
P.E.O. and Beta held beautiful memorial services 
when she passed away on July 28, 1984. In 1985, 
"in memory of Beulah Brenneman" was added to 
the name of the annual Beta Sigma Phi Scholarship. 

Following Beulah's death, Orville remain in Salmon 
until 1987. He then moved to Salem to be near Jim. 
Failing health took him on May 19, 1988. Their 
ashes are scattered on Stormy Peak, a view they 
both loved. 

Salmon will long remember their goodwill, 
generosity and help to others. 



— James Brenneman 
— Marsha Smith 



Clyde Perry Brisbois 



I was born on January 22, 1919 in Anaconda, 
Montana, the second of three sons born to Charles 
Bruce and Mildred "Lee" Perry Brisbois. My 
brothers were Charles "Chuck" Vernon and Elmer 
Franklin. 

My family moved to Salmon in 1923 when I was 
four years old. My father was an auto mechanic in 
the building where the present Auto Parts Store is 
located. We lived upstairs. 

We didn't live in Salmon too long when in 1925 we 
moved to San Diego for about ten years. We lived 
there during the Depression years. 

Mother and Dad got a divorce in California and in 
1934. Mother, Chuck, Elmer and myself moved back 
to Salmon. We stayed at the head of Fourth of July 
Creek with Jack Bowman and his wife for about a 
year. We moved to a little cabin just below Jack's 
place. We then moved into Salmon where Mother 
worked for Sara Andrews, Irman Gott's step-mother. 

I remember while living in Salmon that I nearly got 
shot. Family friends, Margaret and Lynn Fowler, lived 
up on the bar. I used to tease Mrs. Fowler quite a bit 
and one day, while visiting, I did something and Mrs. 
Fowler said, "Clyde, if I had a gun, I would shoot 
you." She was just kidding. I said there was a gun on 
the mantle, but it was loaded. Earlier, I had taken 
my .32 pistol and placed it on the mantle for safe 
keeping. Mrs. Fowler hadn't heard me say it was 
loaded. She grabbed the gun, stuck it into my 
stomach and pulled the trigger . . . "click" ... I 
grabbed her arm and pushed the gun away just as 
she pulled the trigger again . . . "bang" . . . there 
was a hole in the floor! We were all scared to death. 

I drove truck for Fred Rose and Cotant Truck 




Clyde Perry Brisbois, Sr. - 1940 

Lines, worked for the City Bakery and the City of 
Salmon. This was the time when Salmon was wide 
open (gambling, drinking, and ladies of the night). 

I remember working for the Valley Chev. Co. 
owned by Eddie and Carl Papetti and Jack Bean. 
New cars were transported by railroad box cars to 
Darby, Montana. We traveled to Darby, unloaded the 
cars, and drove them back to Salmon. We'd travel 
over Lost Trail Pass which was a dirt road, at the 
time. Paved roads were few and far between. Most 
roads were dirt, rock, pot holes and plenty of 
washboards. 

In 1937, I worked at the Ranger Mine out of 17 
Mile. This was the same year I obtained my social 
security number. 

My brother. Chuck, Irman Gott and myself started 
a little dance band and played for dances all around 
the area. We called the band the "Hi Hatters". 
Chuck played the sax, I played the trombone, and 
Irman the drums; his wife at that time, Wanda 
Worneck, was part of the band. There were others 
from time to time. 



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For fun we'd roller skate upstairs in Pioneer Hall, 
go to the Salmon Hot Springs, swim in the Salmon 
River, and play softball. 

In 1940. while still working for Cotant Trucking in 
Salmon, two friends and myself decided to join the 
service. We didn't want to get drafted and war was 
imminent. We decided to join the Marines. However, 
I joined the Navy. I guess that decision saved by life. 
The other two were killed in World War II. 

After six years in the Navy and having married 
Rose Crnkovich of Tendoy, Idaho on May 29, 1943 
in San Diego, California, we made our home in 
Pocatello, Idaho. 

I worked for C. Ed Flandro Ford selling cars; 
opened a car lot with Carl Papetti and eventually 
went into construction and retired in 1984 in 
Pocatello. 

Rose and I raised ten children (refer to Rose Marie 
Crnkovich Brisbois for names and birth dates). 

— Clyde Perry Brisbois, Sr. 
— Denise M. Bender 

Rose Marie Crnkovich Brisbois 

I was born October 18, 1923 in Tendoy, Idaho, the 
seventh of eight children born to Milan and Antonia 
Palian Crnkovich. 

I was raised and attended school in Lemhi and 
graduated salutatorian of the 1940 Leadore High 
School Class. I continued my education and 
graduated from Great Falls Commercial College. 

My best friend, Dorothy Pugh Love and I went 
through all twelve years of school together. We were 
very ambitious and by the end of our sixth grade we 
had finished seventh grade. 

I remember attending my first movie when I was in 
the sixth grade. Our school teacher wanted the class 
to see "Midsummer Nights Dream". It was playing at 
the Roxy. 

I remember gas cost about twenty-five cents per 
gallon or less. 

The Recorder Herald was the news publisher and 
the Pathfinder was a monthly periodical. I could 
hardly wait for these to come out. I loved reading 
and would read anything I could get my hands on. 

I remember the homestead house at Tendoy (Hwy 
28, mile post 112). It was very small. With eight 
children, you can imagine how crowded we were in a 
one room house. 

I remember when we took baths once a week, 
we'd have to get water into the house, heat it on the 
wood burning stove and pour it into the tub. We all 
used the same water. With everyone in the same 
room as you were bathing, I remember as the girls 
started developing, they bathed in their slips. 

I remember the out-house and how popular the 
Sears Catalog was. 




Rose Marie Crnkovich Brisbois 

I remember Papa being so sick when I was young. 
When he died, Mrs. Mahaffey came to press his suit. 
Mama was in the rocking chair when the undertaker 
came in. He was putting Papa in a box and I was 
kicking and fighting with him to leave Papa alone. I 
had to be restrained. 

I always thought I would have become a Catholic 
Nun if I had been exposed to some literature on 
them when I was younger. Instead, at age sixteen I 
met Clyde Perry Brisbois through his brother Chuck. 
My best friend, Maxine Bishop, was Chuck's 
girlfriend. 

Clyde joined the Navy and I moved to Great Falls 
for college. We corresponded for a couple of years 
while I attended college. I then moved to Pocatello. 
We were married May 29, 1943 in San Diego, 
California. Six children were born of the marriage, 
namely; Clyde "Sparky" Perry, Jr. born August 26, 
1944, Michael Barry born May 28, 1947, Denise 
Marie born August 27, 1948, Valerie Ann born March 
20, 1950, Richard Anthony born January 22, 1952 
and Julie Rose born March 21, 1956. In January, 
1969, Clyde's brother, Elmer died leaving four 
children. We raised Michele Rene born April 28, 
1962, Diana Dawn born July 17, 1964, Elmer 
Franklin II born July 8, 1965, and Eula "Lulu" Mae 
born April 12, 1967. 

While living in Pocatello, Clyde worked as a car 



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salesman for C. Ed Flandro Ford and then opened 
his own business with Carl Papetti. He eventually 
worked in construction and retired in 1984. 

I worked as a bookkeeper in accounting for many 
years and worked for Rowland's Dairy and J.R. 
Simplot until I retired in 1986. 

We have lived in Pocatello most of our married life 
and continue living there. Clyde is an exercise 
enthusiast and enjoys working in the yard and 
around the house. I enjoy reading and keeping up 
with our children, seventeen grandchildren and one 
great granddaughter. 

NOTE: In 1987, Rose was discovered to have 
cancer. For the next four years she fought a fierce 
battle for her life. Finally, on September 5, 1991 she 
discovered she had yet another battle to fight, she 
could fight no more. She took control of her life and 
after saying her goodbyes to family and friends, she 
died at her home on September 23, 1991 in the 
loving presence of her family. 

— Rose Marie Crnkovich Brisbois 
— Demise M. Bender 

George and Mary Swainston Broadbent 

George Thomas Broadbent was born October 21, 
1871 in Franklin, Onedia County, Idaho. He was the 
son of Enoch Broadbent and Keturah Ann Lund. 

Mary was born on July 9, 1884 in Franklin, Oneida 
County, Idaho. She was the daughter of Harriet Ann 
Hughes and Ebenezer James Swainston. 

During the 1890's, George lived in the Salmon 
River country, in the Middle Fork of the Salmon 
River area, and near the Yellow Jacket Mine. George 
came to Lemhi County with a friend he had grown 
up with named Joe Gosslin. While in the area, 
George and Joe and another man named Jim Adams 
lived on a ranch on the Middle Fork of the Salmon 
River. There they raised a garden and packed out 
the produce to the Yellow Jacket Mine by pack 
trains, they sold it to get supplies. While at this 
ranch, they had a pretty "hairy" experience. The 
ranch had earlier been abandoned, and the law was 
that a squatter could move in. One called the 
"Horned Toad" went over to kill the three partners. 
George and Jim Adams were pretty shrewd, and 
they knew what they were going to try and do. They 
fed them supper, and gave them a place to sleep. 
George noticed that the "Horned Toad" kept raising 
up and looking around. George asked him what was 
wrong, and he replied that he couldn't sleep. He was 
told to rest then, and to lie down. George and Jim 
kept guard all night, and the next morning the 
outlaws were fed and told to get on down the trail 
and not to look back. They did just that and the 
three partners didn't have any more trouble with 



these bad men. 

After about eighteen months of living at the ranch, 
Joe and Jim left, but George stayed and worked as a 
deputy sheriff at the Yellow Jacket Mine. He 
captured and arrested a Swede for disturbing the 
peace. They didn't have a jail, so George tied him to 
a tree with a chain. The Swede, half drunk, sang to 
George all night. He kept saying, "I've got to go back 
to Beauty", meaning Butte, Montana. This tickled 
George and he really laughed when he told about it. 
George also worked as a road supervisor from 
Leesburg Hill to Yellow Jacket Mine, or the end of 
the road. 

George was a good friend of the Indians who lived 
just outside of Salmon in an Indian village. He would 
take them hides to be tanned. The Indian women 
would wonder and talk between themselves as to 
what he wanted, in their language. George would 
wait a while and listen to them, and then he would 
reply in their language. This really thrilled them. He 
was always fair with them, and always took them 
meat after they got through trading. George was 
also a good friend of Chief Tendoy, Chief Sang's son. 

George had a good singing voice, and people used 
to pay him to sing until two or three in the morning 
on the streets of Salmon. 

Because George was a "Mormon" and not 
ashamed of it, the ranch on the Middle Fork where 
he lived with his two partners was called the 
"Mormon Ranch". He didn't know that this had 
happened until he came back with his family to live 
in the Salmon River country some thirty-six years 
later. 

Mary and George were married in Afton, Lincoln 
Wyoming on December 23, 1900. The marriage was 




Broadbent Family except for Orson and Lee FRONT ROW: 
Georgia, Mary, George, & Audrey, BACK ROW: Mary Delsa, LaRue, 
Venna, Reed S., Wanda & Pearl 



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later solemnized in the Logan Temple, Logan, Utah 
on April 11, 1939. 

George Thomas and Mary Emily Swainston 
Broadbent moved to Salmon in November of 1929. 
They had nine children at home, and two daughters 
who were married. One lived in St. Anthony, Idaho 
and the other lived near Drummond, Idaho. The 
Broadbent family came from Marysville, near Ashton, 
Idaho. 

After moving to Salmon, George and Mary along 
with their family raised lovely gardens and were very 
generous with the results. While people were still 
living over at Leesburg, the two older sons hauled 
garden produce to sell over by team and wagon. 
George knew many of the people who lived there 
from having lived in the Salmon River country 
earlier. These were depression years, and the family 
did anything they could to help keep food on the 
table and make payments on the mortgage on the 
little piece of property they had purchased. George 
had a reputation for being honest, so they had been 
allowed a small down payment of $50 on the land. 
Several of the older family members worked away 
from home and helped make payments on the 
property. One year the family raised some beautiful 
cantaloupe on a very rocky portion, the rocks held 
the heat and created a climate warm enough for the 
melons to mature even after the sun went down. 

The younger Broadbent children attended school 
in Salmon. I remember walking to school. When it 
was really cold, you learned to hurry when walking 
across the Salmon River to get to the Brooklyn 
School as the steam rising from the river really 
cooled a person off. 

On May 9, 1939, George passed away from a 
stroke, leaving Mary with two fairly young daughters 
still at home. By the end of 1942, all of Mary's sons 
were serving in the armed forces in World War II. 
Reed was in the Army, Orson was in the Marines, 
and Lee was in the Navy. They served our country 
honorably and helped defend our freedoms. 

George and Mary had eleven children, and they 
raised their family without help from the 
government. Mary maintained that if parents want to 
find a way to take care of the children they invite 
into the world, they can find a way to do it. Their 
children are as follows: Mrs. Pearl Broadbent Grover 
born May 29, 1902 presently living in Ashton, Idaho. 
Mrs. Vera Broadbent Young born April 30, 1904 
presently living in St. Anthony, Idaho. Reed 
Broadbent born July 17, 1906 passed away August 
8, 1985. Orson S. Broadbent born September 9, 
1909 now living in Pocatello, Idaho. Mrs. Venna 
Broadbent Paulsen born February 14, 1911 living 
now in San Bernadino, California. Mrs. Wanda 
Broadbent Bardin born January 1, 1914 passed away 
January 19, 1991. Leiand S. Broadbent born May 



20, 1916, passed away February 10, 1988. Mrs. 
LaRue Broadbent Poulsen born July 17, 1919 living 
in Smithfield, Utah. Mrs. Mary Delsa Broadbent 
Poulsen born December 30, 1921 living in Riverside, 
California. Mrs. Audrey Broadbent Jenson born June 
19, 1924 living in Tendoy, Idaho and Mrs. Georgia 
Broadbent Cheney born October 4, 1927 living in 
Riverside, California. 

The Broadbents were members of "The Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints". Mary worked in 
the Primary Association of her church with the 
children for many years, and was Primary President 
for six years. Mary passed away on October 15, 
1967 in Riverside California. She was buried by her 
husband in the Salmon Cemetery, and later their 
oldest son Reed was buried beside them. 

George and Mary were good neighbors and 
respected by all who knew them. The property they 
purchased is about two miles south of Salmon, and 
was purchased by Carl Heckendorf in 1988. 

— Audrey B. Jenson 
Paul A. and Jean Poe Brog 

Paul Brog Sr. came to America from Switzerland. 
He made his way west making cheese. He met and 
married Frieda Kaufmann who lived in Driggs, Idaho. 
They had one son, Paul A. 

T. G. Poe came from Texas to California, where he 
married Helen Graham. They had four children: 
Jean, Robert and Donald (twins), and Ginger. They 
moved to Idaho the year Jean was a Junior. 

Paul and Jean met in Blackfoot, where Paul Sr. 
owned and operated Blackfoot Creamers. T. G. Poe 
was a building and concrete contractor. 

After attending college at Logan, Utah, Paul Jr. 
moved to Salmon in the spring of 1951 to run his 
father's cheese factory. On July 8 of that same year, 
Paul and Jean were married in Blackfoot and they 
returned to Salmon to make their home. 

Paul and Jean's first daughter, Sheryl Lyn, was 
born in February of 1954. A second Daughter, Kathy 
Lea, was born in November of 1955. 

The following year Paul bought his father's interest 
in the business and began major renovations. The 
name was changed to Salmon Valley Cheese, Inc. 
This was the first company to use Salmon Valley vs. 
Salmon River. Thus began the ever expanding 
business that was to include many kinds of cheese, a 
candy line, a sales room, a second cheese factory 
and a thriving mail order business. 

Paul and Jean were extremely involved in their 
new community. They enjoyed dances at the 
Carmen Grange. Paul joined the Elks in 1954 and 
later became Exalted Ruler. While Paul was Exalted 
Ruler the family traveled to convention in New York 
and returned home via a milk truck. Paul joined the 



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Brog Family 

Volunteer Fire Department in 1959 and was 
Secretary for a time. In 1960 they were charter 
members of the JayCees and JayCee Ettes. Paul was 
district vice president and Jean was treasurer for the 
state association. They were active in the Chamber, 
who's motto was "See It Through in 62", talking 
about the museum. They both helped with 
organizing Salmon River Days yearly. Jean was a 
charter member of Beta Sigma Phi in 1962, and 
became one of their first presidents. She was also 
active in Parent Teacher Organization and a past 
president. 

The Brog family and the Rolla Briggs family built 
homes on Williams Lake in 1960. The lake provided a 
great spot for friends and family to fish, boat ride, 
ski and experience mountainous driving. Its been 
said Brog had the fastest boat, car and jeep in 
Lemhi County. 

The family home was built by T. G. Poe. It is 
located behind the Blue Cross Vet Clinic. The rest of 
the area was a large pasture, where they kept their 
horses. 

In September 1967, a third daughter, Paula Jean 
was born. 

In 1971 Paul formed a partnership with Ed and 
Eddie Gossner. They purchased a two hundred and 
three acre farm in Nampa, Idaho. They built a large 
cheese factory on the farm and named it Swiss 
Village Cheese, Inc. 

This new expansion meant the Brog family moving 
to Nampa. Paul, Jean and Paula moved in the fall of 
1971. Kathy stayed in Salmon until December of 
that year, when she transferred to Meridian High 
School. Sheryl remained in Salmon, staying with the 
Santee family, until graduation that year. 



Burrell and Ruby Brough 

Albert Burrell Brough, the second son of Frederick 
and Mary Alice Clowes Brough, was born in Salmon 
on June 10, 1897. His brother, Frederick Jr., was 
three years older. 

His father and mother owned the Brough House, 
which was a saloon and hotel. Later they bought the 
Salmon Hot Springs. 

Ruby Wyant was born November 11, 1896 in the 
Salmon area (up Gertson Creek). She was the third 
daughter born to Clarence Montana and Louella 
Shottler Wayant. She and her two older sisters, 
Grace and Pearl were later joined by a brother. Glen 
and sisters; Audrey, Maud and Ida. Clarence was a 
gold-miner and farmer. 

Both Burrell and Ruby had their schooling in 
Salmon. Burrell worked at the Hot Springs, was a 
cowboy, mined in Butte, then enlisted during World 
War I. Ruby worked for the Lemhi Telephone 
Company and later got her teacher's certificate. She 
taught in Gilmore and various other one-room 
schools in the area. 

Ruby and Burrell were married on June 22, 1918 
in Salmon. They operated the Salmon Hot Springs in 
partnership with James and Leona Turnbull (an uncle 
and aunt). The Hot Springs at that time was a very 
popular spa and hotel. Meals were served and many 
people "wintered" there. It was also the County 
poor farm. 

On May 31, 1920, Burrell and Ruby's first child. 
Richard Burrell, was born at the Hot Springs. They 
continued to live there for three or four years and 
then moved to Portland, Oregon, where Burrell 
became a plastering contractor. On February 3, 
1928, their daughter, Barbara was born. 

Burrell and Ruby moved back to Salmon in 1933. 
During the following years, Burrell mined the 
Ringbone Cayuse Mine; plastered many buildings in 




Sheryl Amar Ruby and Burrell Brough, 1950 



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Salmon, one of these was the High School; hauled 
milk, lumber and garbage in his "dray"; started the 
first taxi in Salmon, which his son helped him 
operate. He bought the back portion of the Shoup 
building and turned it into a warehouse. At this 
location he had storage, second-hand furniture, 
antiques and wholesale beer and pop. 

For forty-five years, Ruby and Burrell lived on Main 
Street in the white house with green shutters that 
was surrounded by flowers. During this time. Ruby 
was very active in Home Service for the Red Cross 
during World War II, P.E.O., and Rebeccahs. She 
kept account books for Burrell and was busy with 
Girl Scouts and Theta Rho girls. 

Richard married Hazel Waterman from Texas in 
1946 and moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They have 
two boys and a girl. 

Barbara married Louis Gagermeier from Montana 
in 1948 and moved to Missoula, Montana. They have 
two boys and twin girls. 

Burrell sold the warehouse to Gary Boyce and 
retired. He died in November 1978 in Salmon. One 
year later, (1979) Ruby died in Missoula. They are 
both buried at Salmon. 



One cannot put into words the close-ties Ruby and 
Burrell had with each other and the Salmon 
community. Burrell boasted that he knew every kid 
and dog in town by name. Ruby filled her life with a 
love of family, friends and knowledge. Both left 
everyone a legacy of love, laughter and trust. 

— Barbara Brough Gagermeier 

Fred Brough, Sr. 

Fred Brough, born August 18, 1863 in Bradford, 
England, immigrated with his parents, John and Eliza 
Clarke Brough, in 1865 as Mormon converts to Salt 
Lake City, Utah. John quarrelled over the church's 
censorship of the non-Mormon Deseret News and 
left the church. When economic sanctions were 
applied against John's tailor shop, the Jewish 
banking family hired him as a janitor for the Walker 
Bank & Trust. John resembled the Mormon Bishop 
Romney, when anyone greeted him as Bishop 
Romney he would hit them with his cane! 

At age fifteen, Fred was working at the Fort Hall 




Fred Brough at the Brough House 



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Indian Agency Store where he enjoyed Indian 
wrestling with the young braves. Once he averted an 
Indian attack by bringing out bushels of apples as 
gifts to the war party. 

During the gold rush in Idaho, Fred found a 
lucrative trade playing cards in the mining camps. 
Fred acquired many mining properties throughout 
his lifetime. Fred settled in Salmon in the 1890's 
with his friends George Broadbent and John Gaver 
and helped his cronies acquire property. Fred built 
the Brough House on the corner of Main and Center 
Streets, this pioneer business included a hotel, cafe, 
tavern and barber shop. Fred was generous by 
nature and never turned away anyone who was 
hungry or in need. 

On November 23, 1893, Fred married Mary Alice 
Clowes in Salt Lake City. Alice's sister, Leona, was 
the wife of Fred's younger brother, John. Both 
families built homes on the Brooklyn Bar facing the 
Salmon River. Fred and Alice had two sons, 
Frederick John, born December 8, 1894, and Albert 
Burrell, born October 6, 1897. 

They hired a Lemhi Indian woman to help with the 
housework and washing. One night they were 
awakened by the cries of the Lemhi woman sitting at 
the foot of their bed slashing herself in bereavement 
over the loss of her child, they quickly interceded 
and bound her wounds. 

In 1903, Fred and Alice purchased the Salmon Hot 
Springs and made extensive renovations. Alice took 
sole possession of this property in their divorce 
settlement in 1907 and the cattle were sold to Eddy 
Edwards for $10 a head, calves thrown in. Alice died 
December 2, 1918 in Visalia, California after 
contracting the flu while volunteering as a nurse 
during a flu epidemic. 

Fred took his two sons by train to the Seattle 
World's Fair and accomplished a half-price fare for 
Burrell by dressing him in knickers to look younger. 

Fred was a good wrestler and boxer with a poor 
temperament. When his temper was rising, his 
whistle was a signal to get out of the way! Once 
while carrying a watermelon next door to his 
grandson's party, he fell down in the alley and Ira 
Kilgore ran to assist him, but didn't get out of the 
way in time to avoid connecting with his swing. 

The W.C.T.U. succeeded in controlling the local 
Democratic party, but Fred refused to vote the 
Republican ticket, although it was in his interest. No 
one was going to make him change his party! When 
Prohibition passed, his place was raided and all his 
finest stock was poured down the drain. 

A Christmas tree was set up in the center of Main 
Street each year. Fred purchased a labrador puppy 
for Santa to present to his young grandson. This was 
followed by a registered Jersey cow and a blooded 
mare. Fred was always generous to his daughter-in- 
law and his grandchildren. ^ 



While his sons were in the service, Fred never 
wrote or sent any money. In 1919, when Freddie 
returned from France, Fred said to his son "it's all 
yours, take it, I retire!" A $25,000 debt was 
attached to this gift which was finally paid off in 
1930. The Brough corner business was leased to 
Bob and Mable Detton, while Freddie and his family 
moved to the Hot Springs property. 

After one of his toots, Fred was getting dressed 
and started yelling, "get me out of here!" Freddie 
rushed in to discover his father had put his one- 
piece longjohns on upside down! Open and drafty 
below — too loose on the arms and his head 
completely covered! 

On January 21, 1931 Fred died of pneumonia at 
the Salmon Hot Springs. Later in 1931, the Brough 
House burned to the ground, ending a colorful era. 



— Brough Family 



Frederick John Brough 



Frederick John Brough was born December 8, 
1894 in Pocatello, Idaho to Fred and Mary Alice 
Clowes Brough. The Broughs lived in Salmon, Alice 
had expected a difficult birth and went to her 
sister's home (Leona Clowes Brough) near the 
Pocatello hospital. 

Frederick was the center of attention until his 
brother, Albert Burrell, was born June 10, 1897. 
Sibling rivalry characterized their youth. Their chores 
included cleaning the hotel and making beds, 
generally ending in a pillow fight. 

Their parents divorced when Freddie was thirteen. 

Their father had a running battle with their 
teacher, active in W.C.T.U. For spite each morning, 
the boys were sent to school with their hair wetted 
down with whisky! Some of the Serbian boys were 
very envious because their hair was plastered down 
with butter! 

Freddie learned to cook and run a cafe, hotel and 
tavern. They ran a hotel in Leadore for two years 
until it burned down. 

Freddie was good at cards and gambled most of 
his life at cards, ranches, mines and resorts. Once, 
he and a friend heaoed for a fair in Dillon, Montana, 
with $1,500 to gamble. Near Birch Creek they were 
ambushed by robbers! There was gun fire! Quick 
thinking, Freddie swerved off the road through rocks 
and sagebrush to outrun them in the Haute mobile! 

Freddie was a popular young man and courted 
many young ladies including Josephine King and 
Flossie Schutz. Finally, he met Loice LaNita Aldous, a 
young lady staying with her sister Roxie in Salmon. 
Being under age, Loice had her uncle Jack 
McFrederick declared as guardian. Jack McFrederick 
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wedding on April 1, 1922. Two sons were born of 
this union, Frederick Lowell, born August 13, 1923 
and Carlyle Aldous, born April 4, 1931. 

Freddie had been running the Brough House since 
his return from World War I. One weekend, he won 
$1,000 playing cards with Mr. Quarrells and others. 
He bought the house on Center Street next to the 
Brough House, which was his home in later years. 

Fred was a member of the Salmon City Council 
until 1927 when he moved to the Salmon Hot 
Springs resort. Lemhi County contracted with him to 
house the county poor, however, they sent 
terminally ill and indigent patients who required full 
nursing care. A series of cooks (Kate Mullin, Pearl 
and Ida Wyant) and many other workers were 
involved. The dairy herd, livestock, poultry and large 
garden added to the success of this venture. In 
1936, the county poor program ended and became 
a federal concern. 

Bill Taylor supervised the remodelling of the 
Salmon Hot Sptings in 1935-36. The Hot Springs 
became a popular place to "swim, dine and dance". 
Eventually, when the depression deepened and 
competition increased, the First National Bank 
foreclosed. Charlie Snook moved the Broughs and all 
their furnishings back to Salmon. A second hand 
store had enough stock from the resort to last over 
three years. Although the bank wanted more 
property, attorney Preston Thatcher was able to 
retain the house in town, the Pope Shenon, the 
Ringbone Cayuse and the Yellow Jacket mines for 
the Broughs. 




Carlyle, Fred & Lowell Brough 1944 



Freddie was a life long friend of Dr. Hanmer and 
together they were responsible for the Salmon City 
Airport. 

Freddie had been active in the Oddfellow Lodge 
and the B.P. Order of Elks. He was dedicated to the 
American Legion, serving as local commander and 
district commander. 

During World War II, he was in charge of Salmon's 
Civil Defense and successfully organized and solicited 
funds for the Steele Memorial Hospital. 

After the Hot Springs, he was affiliated with Lee 
and Margaret Fink in the Crescent Club, and later 
with Del Jones, Sr. in the Main Lounge. 

Marital difficulties resulted in his wife divorcing him 
in 1943- 44. 

Poor health plagued him in later life and he went 
to the Veterans Hospital in Boise several times. He 
loved lapidary work and made beautiful jewelry 
pieces. 

Many friends, neighbors and kin visited and 
checked on him daily. He loved to tell stories and 
had a great sense of humor. 

His health did not improve and he died on January 
5, 1972 in Steele Memorial Hospital, bringing an end 
to another era. 

— Brough family 

Joshua and Ivy Harris Brower 

Joshua Albert "Bert" Brower was born February 1, 
1885 in Richmond, Utah to Joshua and Amelia Allen 
Brower. They moved to Idaho, where Bert grew up 
and spent most of his adult life. 

There were no formal schools near his home so 
Bert received his early education from a person, 
chosen by parents in the area, to teach their 
children as best they could. He graduated from 
Ricks Academy in Rexburg, and later attended 
college in Logan, Utah and Missoula, Montana, 
where he studied forestry. 

Bert married Ivy Harris on March 23, 1908. During 
the next few years Bert worked at various jobs while 
continuing his education and raising their children. 
He spent six summers driving a stage coach in 
Yellowstone National Park. This was before 
automobiles were allowed inside the park. After 
completing his forestry schooling he was assigned as 
a Forest Ranger on the Targhee National Forest at 
Victor, Idaho. 

In 1922 Bert left the Forest Service and purchased 
the Victor Mercantile Company and changed the 
name to "J. A Brower and Son". The business 
prospered and two more stores were added in the 
Teton Valley. Unfortunately, the crash of 1929 and 
following depression, resulted in his losing the entire 
business. 



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Mr. & Mrs. Joshua A. Brower wedding picture, 1908 

Bert returned to the Forest Service in 1933 on the 
Salmon National Forest in Lemhi County. This was 
the beginning of many happy and active years for 
the Brower family. 

Bert was always an active member of the Church 
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. A young man he 
served for two years as a missionary in Virginia and 
West Virginia. For six years he served as Bishop of 
the Victor Idaho Ward. While in Salmon he served 
several years as a member of the Lost River Stake 
High Council, and was active in the establishment of 
the Salmon Stake. He was involved in many 
community organizations and activities. He served as 
a member of the Salmon City Council and a Lemhi 
County Commissioner. 

After leaving the Forest Service for the second 
time, Bert operated a gasoline business in Salmon 
and later, an awning business in Provo, Utah, where 
they moved in 1948. In 1962, when Bert was 77, 
they decided it was time to retire so they sold their 
home in Provo and moved to Southern California. A 
year later on September 8, 1963 Ivy passed away, 
after 55 wonderful years of marriage. 

Three years later in January 1967, Bert married 
Effie Sharp Harmon, a life long friend. They resided 
in Riverside, California where Bert passed away on 
May 27, 1976, at age 91. 

Bert Brower was a happy man. He loved people 
and people loved him. His life was an example of 
honesty and charity. Many lives were made happier 
as a result of his wise council and willingness to 
share their problems. Bert will be remembered for 
his beautiful tenor voice. He had an outstanding 
musical talent which he shared freely throughout his 
life. 



Bert and Ivy had five children who were all born 
and raised in Idaho. Carl, the oldest, married Helen 
Stroud of Salmon. Carl died in 1978. Helen now 
resides in Salmon and Ojai, California. Venna married 
Willis E. Von Almen of Bedford, Wyoming. They live in 
La Mirada, California. Marjorie married Joseph W. 
Herndon of Salmon. Joseph died in 1968. Marjorie 
still resides in Salmon. Melvin married Gloria Ruppert 
and they live in Redondo Beach, California. Robert, 
the youngest, resides in Richfield, Utah. 

— Venna Brower Von Almen 



Achilles B. and Phoebe Brown 

I'm Achilles B. Brown Jr., fourth child of Achilles 
and Myrtle Boice Brown. I was born May 4, 1919 in 
Hyattville, Wyoming. Our family of nine children, five 
boys and four girls, moved to Salmon in April of 
1934. I was almost fifteen years old at that time. We 
camped on the bar for two or three weeks, then 
moved to a little ranch about six miles up Fourth of 
July Creek. We were there for two years. 

Then we moved up the Salmon River about sixteen 
miles on the old Briney or Sugg's farm. We were 
there for about two years, then Dad bought a lot in 
the south end of Salmon, right next to the Frank 
Kirtley home. They were very good neighbors. The 
lot we bought had an old brick house on it with only 
two walls holding up the roof. The roof was okay, so 
we built a log house under it. 

Dad and I and some of the boys ran a wood 
business at the time. We hauled off Leesburg Hill in 
winter and off Williams Creek in summer. Dad died in 
1940 and so did the wood business. 

I moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, shortly after Dad 
died. I worked construction, drove trucks and 
operated power shovels. I married Phoebe Elizabeth 
"Kay" Brown on June 22, 1942. I was inducted into 
the Army that fall and was released the next spring 
on a medical discharge. 

Our first son, Achilles Lloyd, was born that spring. 

I worked at the Utah Oil Refinery for a year then 
moved to Pocatello, Idaho, where I drove bus for 
Aberdeen Valley Stages. The wife had twins while we 
were in Pocatello, a boy and a girl. The boy died but 
Connie Kay lived. 

We moved back to Salmon, Idaho in 1945. I went 
to work for the State Highway Department. Plowed 
snow on Lost Trail Pass until the spring of 1948, at 
which time we moved to Forest Grove, Oregon. I 
went to work for a logging and lumber company, as 
a mechanic, truck driver and power shovel operator. 
I stayed with them for twelve years. During this 
time, Terrie Lee and Bradley Scott were born. 

Our oldest son, "Mike", and I had hayfever and 
asthma all year and it was getting worse. A drier 



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climate might help, so we moved to Missoula, 
Montana in 1960. I worked for Montana Power 
Company. Our health improved. We lived here for 
ten years. 

Then we bought a drive-in restaurant in Weiser, 
Idaho. We worked our butts off there for three 
years. Then we bought a little neighborhood grocery 
store. We lost our shirts on that. Our daughter, 
Connie, married and lived in Great Falls, Montana. 
She talked us into moving to Great Falls to manage a 
motel. We did that for three months and decided 
that wasn't for us, so we moved back to Missoula, 
Montana. 

I went to work for the L.D.S. Church as a 
custodian. The last winter we spent there it reached 
38 degrees below. We were getting older, but not 
any wiser, and didn't like the cold weather. On July 
1, 1979, I transferred to Bend, Oregon. The wife and 
I worked as custodians at the L.D.S. Church until we 
retired January 1, 1985. I still work there part-time. 
We like it here in Bend and have been here twelve 
years. I go to Salmon once in a while to go 
steelhead fishing with my oldest brother, Scott 
Brown, who still lives there with his wife, Doris. I had 
good learning experiences while living in Salmon. 
Hope this fits in with the rest of the Salmonites. 
Thanks for the opportunity! 

— Chill and Kay Brown 

Alvin and Beulah Matteson Brown 

William Alvin Brown was born in Ogden, Utah in 
1864. His grandfather was Captain James Brown, 
who was the original founder of Ogden, first called 
Brownsville. Captain Brown purchased the tract of 
land where Ogden now stands from Miles Goodyear 
in 1847 for the sum of $3000. In 1848 he planted 
and raised the first crop of grain in Weber County. 
His son, James (or John) Martin Brown, married 
Alameda Wilson Dailey and they were the parents of 
Alvin Brown. 

Alvin Brown married Beulah May Matteson, who 
was born in Harper County, Kansas in 1882. Her 
family came to Grey's Lake, Idaho in 1899. Beulah 
and Alvin met and married in Ogden where she had 
answered his newspaper advertisement seeking a 
wife. Twelve children were born to the couple. They 
were: Andrew, born 1901 (died 1901) at Grey's 
Lake; DuShane Harwood, born 1902 at Ogden; 
Beulah May, born 1904 at Idaho Falls; Dorothy 
Lucetta, born 1906 at Dillon; Albert Comstock, born 
1908 at Dillon; Merrill Reeves, born 1910 at 
Bellevue; David Wilson, born 1912 at Ammon; Joy 
Muriel, born 1914 at Idaho Falls; Claire Marguriet, 
born 1916 at Idaho Falls; Patrick McKinley, born 
1918 at Idaho Falls; Jennie Beatrice, born 1920 at 
Idaho Falls; and Lewis Orson, born 1924 at Salmon. 




Hattie Matteson Bucher (Beulah's mother), Alvin and Beulah 

Alvin Brown brought his family to Lemhi County in 
July 1921, arriving with a sheep camp wagon, a light 
spring wagon, and six saddle horses. The Browns 
spent their first summer up the Lemhi helping 
various ranchers with their haying, threshing and 
later, potato picking. 

The family moved to town and rented a house on 
St. Charles Street, then moved to a house up on the 
Bar to spend the fall and winter. There was only one 
car in Salmon at the time, and it belonged to Dr. 
Hanmer. His son had a motorcycle that was very 
noisy. Alvin had a light wagon loaded with potatoes, 
beets, pumpkins, and squash, planning to take them 
home to store for the winter, but first stopped at 
Veal's Store to get something. While he was inside. 
Bill Hanmer came along on his motorcycle and 
scared the team, which headed up the hill towards 
home. Beets, carrots, broken squash, and pumpkin 
were scattered all the way to the house. Mr. Brown 
had to go bach and pick up everything off the road 
that had not been ruined. 

The family moved to Sandy Creek for one year, 
then to Haynes Creek for two years, and finally 
moved to a house on the old Lemhi Road that now 
belongs to Mildred Miller, where they lived for about 
five years. 

The oldest son, Shane, built a two-story log house 
that stood between the Lemhi River the sawmill 
(Phillip's now). Alvin and Beaulah moved to this 
house about 1929, and they lived there until their 
deaths in 1945 and 1946. 

— Gay la Kaiser 



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Bill and Pauline Brown 



Chill and Myrtle Brown 



Bill Brown was born December 15, 1941, in 
Salmon, Idaho to Scott and Doris Brown. His early 
life was spent in Salmon. The family moved to 
Pocatello for a short period in the early 50's and 
then back to the family home in Salmon. 

Bill discovered at an early age that he had an 
ability and desire to work with horses. As a teenager, 
he was still small enough to be a jockey, so spent a 
good deal of time at the fairgrounds riding for 
various trainers, including his uncle, Vernon Kelsey, 
John W. and Fred Snook, and Kenneth "Brownie" 
Brown. Some of his fondest memories are of a road 
trip with Brownie on the Montana race circuit. 

Upon graduation from high school in 1960, Bill 
joined the Salmon National Guard unit and in 
September of that year was sent to Fort Ord, 
California, for six months of active duty. After his 
tour of duty. Bill worked various jobs and in 
December of 1961 began at the Salmon branch of 
Idaho First National Bank. 

Pauline Pattee was born February 25, 1943, at 
Salmon to Paul and Mary Pattee of Tendoy. She 
lived at Tendoy on the family ranch, attending grade 
school at one of the last one-room schools in Idaho, 
and was active in 4-H. She commuted to Salmon for 
high school, graduating in 1961 as an honor student. 
September of that year found her in Pocatello 
attending Grimm's College of Business. After a five 
month course, she returned to Salmon where she 
worked briefly for Charles Herndon before joining 
the staff at the Department of Public Assistance. 

In March of 1962, Bill and Pauline were married in 
Idaho Falls. Two daughters, Nikki Sue and Paula 
Raye, were born while they lived in Salmon. 

Bill has worked for Idaho First National Bank, now 
known as West One Bank, for nearly thirty years, 
living in Salmon, Wendell, Weiser, Council, and 
Homedale. Pauline has worked as a Deputy County 
Clerk in Washington, Adams, and Lemhi Counties 
and as a secretary at West One Bank in Marsing. 

They were leaders of a 4-H horse club in Weiser 
and were very involved with and supportive of their 
daughters with the horses and youth rodeos. They 
have been active in community activities in all the 
towns they have lived in. 

Bill and Pauline enjoy exploring beautiful Idaho and 
spending time with their children and grandchild. 

— Pauline Brown 



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On May 15, 1901, a family consisting of Ebenezer 
and Clara Little Brown and their seven sons started 
for the Big Horn Basin in Wyoming. They had one 
covered wagon pulled by a four-horse team, one 
light wagon pulled by a two-horse team, one span of 
mules and a herd of range horses. Ten year old 
Achilles (Chill) was one of the two older boys who 
drove the extra horses all the way to the little town 
of Lovell. 

Chill Brown grew to manhood on ranches and in 
the mountains of the Big Horn area, becoming a 
skilled horseman, hunter, and guide, learning most of 
these things from his father. 

Myrtle Boice also came to the Big Horn Basin as a 
girl, with her parents, Martin Calvin and Louisa 
Marshall Boice. They came from Oxford, a very small 
town in southern Idaho. They, too, traveled with 
teams and wagons, and some cattle; their route of 
travel was up through Idaho, over to Anaconda then 
east to Billings, Montana, and south to Lovell, 
Wyoming. 

Myrtle was born April 19, 1893 at Oxford, Idaho. 
As the youngest of twelve children, she was dearly 




Achilles and Myrtle Boice Brown on their wedding day 1911 



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loved and cared for by her older brothers and 
sisters. 

She and Chill attended the same school and sang 
in the choir in the same church. Romance later 
blossomed for these two young people and they 
were married November 30, 1911. They lived in one 
room of her widowed mother's house until spring. 

The next winter, Chill worked for his Uncle John 
Boice in Anaconda; sawing mine props and railroad 
ties. Myrtle stayed in Lovell with her mother and did 
washing for a Mrs. Aldous to help with the living 
expenses. 

Chill did many things to make a living — building 
fence, surveyor's assistant, ranching, and taking care 
of the cattle on the mountains for the Shoshone 
Cattle Co., and acting as the guide for a dude ranch 
that offered pack trips to eastern visitors. 

Chill and Myrtle, with their nine children — Curtie, 
Scott, Doris, Chill (Jim), Larry, Dale, Lola, Louise and 
Fera (Chuck) moved to Salmon, Idaho in April 1934. 
They soon settled in and made a home for 
themselves in this good country. The first summer 
they lived on a Fourth of July Creek ranch. They 
next spent two years on the Suggs Ranch on Briney 
Creek, but moved to town after buying and 
remodeling an old house on Main Street. This was to 
be the Brown home for the following approximately 
thirty years. A wood business developed with Chill 
and his sons cutting, hauling, sawing and selling 
firewood. 

Chill became ill in March of 1940, from what was 
diagnosed as an inoperable brain tumor. He died 
July 20, 1940, just six days before the birth of son 
Scott's first child, and was buried in Lovell, 
Wyoming. 

Myrtle and the younger children lived on in the 
home until they all married and Myrtle was once 
more alone. She had always been active in the 
L.D.S. Church and kept busy there, made beautiful 
quilts for her families, and visited with her children. 
During World War II, she worked at Hill Field in Utah 
for several months. She died September 26, 1965 in 
Salmon and was buried at her beloved husband's 
side in Lovell. 

Chill and Myrtle Brown were kind, caring people 
who made friends wherever they went, and were 
good neighbors to all, but the welfare and happiness 
of their children was always their main concern. 
Each summer since 1961, except for two or three 
years when Myrtle's health was too poor, a Chill 
Brown Family reunion has been held, and the 
tradition will carry on in their memory. 

— Doris W. Brown 



— W. F. BoxweJl's stock of New Year joods 
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Dale Boyce and Viola Hymas Brown 

I am the sixth child of Achilles and Myrtle Brown. 
There were nine children in this family. Included in 
our family are: Curtie Orr, Scott Brown, Doris Hicks, 
Achilles Brown Jr., Larry Brown, Dale Brown, Lola 
Tracy, Louise Rice, and Fera Brown. 

The family moved from Sheridan, Wyoming to 
Salmon, Idaho in April of 1934. When we first arrive, 
we went up on the Bar and lived in a tent on the 
banks of Jesse Creek. While there, we got 
acquainted with the folks along the creek; the 
Gautiers, Castles, Jack Bowman and over the hump 
and up the river a ways was the Krileys. 

We stayed there that summer and in the fall, we 
got a house in town to move into, so the kids could 
go to school. It was a big house and we shared part 
of it with the Walt Parmenter family. Next, we got a 
farm up the Salmon River about fifteen miles, it then 
belonged to the Suggs family. As time went on. Dad 
bought a lot with an old brick house on it. We tore 
down the walls and laid up logs under the roof, it 
was a comfortable home. We lived next to Frank 
Kirtley and became great friends. 

We began to haul firewood and sold it for $5.00 a 
cord. We started out with a team and wagon hauling 
wood from Williams Creek and also off Leesburg just 
west of town. We hauled wood for several years and 
finally were able to buy a one and a half ton truck. 
We built a saw rig which we could take where ever 
we bought timber. At one time, we had over two 
hundred cord stacked up on the lot. As winter came, 
the orders for wood came in from December to 
February and our stock pile was all gone. The boys 
got jobs elsewhere and finally the wood business 
folded up. 

Our father, Chill Brown, died on July 20, 1940. We 
continued to live in the house and care for our 
mother. The older children were married by now and 
had families of their own. The younger ones 
continued to go to school. 



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1(1 1943, I decided to work for the Forest Service. I 
went down to Indianola Ranger Station and was 
stationed on Ulysses Mountain Lookout. Clint Quenel 
was ranger at that time with Jim Mahoney as 
assistant. Marion Mahoney (Jim's wife) was switch 
board operator between there and Salmon. I stayed 
for several summers. 

In 1951. I married Viola Hymas from Rexburg. The 
summer we were married, we went over in the 
Middle Fork country. We stayed at Barnard Guard 
Station on the middle fork of the Salmon River. The 
Forest Service work was seasonal and in the fall we 
went down to Ogden, Utah to work for Utah General 
Depot, which was a military installation. 

After about a year of working in Utah, we came 
back to Idaho and found work where ever we could. 
I began working for Salmon area farmers. I worked 
for Dave Schultz and Harold Gilpin at Big Flat, and 
Jack Haney and John Kauer at Leadore. Along the 
way, there were four children added to our family: 
Rosa Dianne Reaves, Cindy May McLean, Dale Boice 
Brown Jr., Myrtle Charlotte Waddoups. 

In 1968, the grass looked a little greener over the 
fence, so we moved to Rockland, Idaho which is the 
end of the line. We enjoy coming back to Salmon to 
visit our family, friends and acquaintances. 

— Dale B. Brown 

Ferrel Scott and Doris Webb Brown 

Ferrel Scott Brown was born October 3, 1915 in 
Lovell, Wyoming, the second of nine children born to 
Achilles and Myrtle Boice Brown. 

Scott attended Lovell and Sheridan schools during 
the winters, summers were spent in the Big Horn 
Mountains, helping his father with the cattle. Later 
on, he and his dad worked as guides for groups of 
"dudes" on pack trips in those mountains. He loved 
the mountains, as did his dad. 

In April of 1934, the Brown family moved to 
Salmon. Scott drove a 1929 Chevrolet truck loaded 
with furniture and household equipment; sister, 
Curtie, drove a Model T touring car filled with Mom 
and the younger kids; Pa and the other two boys 
loaded the farm equipment upon three horse drawn 
wagons and led the extra horses all the way to 
Salmon. The autos made the trip in five days, while 
the wagons were on the road twenty-eight. 

The family settled in and all those old enough 
found employment of some kind. Scott worked in 
ranches, drove freight truck, plowed snow and 
graded roads for the State Highway Department, 
and drove Salmon River Stages for seven years. His 
longest employment was twenty-nine years with 
Idaho Power Company, Scott retired in 1979. 

Doris Jane Webb was born in Firth, Idaho on 




Bill Brown, Doris Webb and F. Scott Brown, Coral Brown 
Petersen, Eve Brown Cole, Fiftieth wedding anniversary, May 28, 
1988 



February 26, 1919, the eldest of the six children 
born to Alma and Coral Kelsey Webb. Alma was a 
farmer and the family lived upon farms at Shelley, 
Pingree, Roberts and North Fork. 

Doris attended schools in Shelley, Pingree and 
Salmon and graduated with honors from the latter in 
1937. 

The Webb family moved from Roberts in the spring 
of 1934 to a ranch on the North Fork of the Salmon 
River, a place that seemed like heaven to this group 
of "flatlanders". The only bad experience in this 
place was the loss of wife and mother. Coral Kelsey 
Webb died July 6, 1937, leaving a mighty empty spot 
in the family unit. 

Doris and Scott met during the summer of 1937 
and were married May 28, 1938 at Blackfoot, Idaho. 
Three wonderful children blessed this union. Their 
first daughter. Coral, married Robert Petersen, a 
rancher and cattle dealer. They live at Frenchtown, 
Montana. A son, Bill, has been with West One Bank 
for nearly thirty years. He married Pauline Pattee 
and they live at Homedale, Idaho. Daughter, Eve, 
married Jay Cole and they live in Buhl, Idaho. They 
own and operate Vogue Cleaners there. Eleven 
grandchildren and five great grandchildren have 
been added to the family circle. 

Scott has served on the City Council, the Fire 
Department, as a Depot Precinct Committeeman, 
and was Lemhi County Fair Board Chairman for 
sixteen years. He also served in the Army most of 
1945, at Fort Wolters, Texas and Camp Crowder, 
Missouri. 

Doris has been active in community projects and 
in the LDS Church. She was employed at Rigby's 



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Pharmacy for approximately twenty years, retiring 
shortly after Scott did, so that she could spend 
more time with him. 

Except for a summer in Clearfield, Utah, where 
Scott operated heavy machinery in the construction 
of Hill Air Field Base, and a couple years in Pocatello 
acquiring more training for Idaho Power Company, 
the Browns have lived at 1600 Shoup Street, in a 
house that began as two small rooms and a "path". 
A wooden, fifty-gallon barrel mounted on a horse 
drawn sled supplied the water for household use 
until the water lines were extended to the house 
nearly a year later. Scott and a brother-in-law. 
Sylvan Orr, dug the trench for the lines by hand. The 
City furnished the pipes and laid them. They allowed 
the Browns $4 per rod on their water bill for having 
the trenches ready for the installation of the pipe. 

Doris and Scott enjoy traveling, hunting, fishing, 
gardening and visiting children, relatives and friends. 

— Doris W. Brown 



Florence Eleanor Brown 




Robert Gary, Eleanor, Robert & Ronald William Aldous 1958 



Florence Eleanor Brown was born May 9, 1922 at 
the Norton Ranch four miles north of Salmon, the 
fourth child of Walter S. and Ella L. Brown. 

Eleanor was four years old when Walter bought the 
Bob Stocker Ranch, now the Nelson Angus Ranch. 
First the family moved into the brick house across 
from the Brooklyn school until school was out and 
they could move to the ranch. 

This is where Eleanor grew up and received her 
schooling at the Salmon schools. First grade, she 
attended the Lincoln school which is where the 
baseball field now is. Second grade, she attended 
the Brooklyn school. Third and fourth grades were 
back at the Lincoln school. Fifth through eleventh 
grades were back to Brooklyn. She attended the 
new high school her senior year. That school is now 
the Junior High. 

Eleanor remembers, "We all had to walk to school 
even in cold weather as there were no school buses 
then. When it was bitter cold, it was hard to get to 
school on time as we would stop at Rexall to get 
warm before going on." 

When young, Eleanor entertained herself as there 
was no one that lived that close. She taught her dog 
to climb the ladder to the hay loft and she would 
jump out and hide. The dog was so smart, she 
hardly had time to hide! Another pastime was to 
make lunch and go up in the pasture for a picnic. 
The only thing wrong with that is that her sister, 
Myra made raisin cream pies and that was one thing 
Eleanor didn't like. She remembers, " We had many 
Norton, Morton and Brown picnics which we all 
enjoyed". 



Another highlight was to go to Mahaffey's for two 
weeks every summer. 

March 1941 Eleanor was employed at 
McPherson's and worked there nearly three years. 
She worked a year at Sturmers's Truck Line, then 
went to work for the Office of Price Administration 
until it was closed. From there, she was employed at 
Miller Brothers Truck Line until the spring of 1949. 

On October 16, 1948 she married Robert Aldous. 
To this union were born two sons: Ronald William 
Aldous born on July 4, 1949 and Robert Gary Aldous 
born July 18, 1952. Robert later married Shawna D. 
Sager on August 17, 1973 and had three children. 

In July, 1957 Eleanor went to work for John Igou, 
Lemhi County Assessor. She worked nine months for 
the Assessor then three months for the Treasurer. 
At that time the tax rolls were hand written. It was 
tedious work, but she enjoyed it. After the tax rolls 
were approved and the levies set, she typed the tax 
notices in duplicate. 

She was employed there until November of 1964, 
when she applied for the Lemhi County Clerk and 
Recorder. She was appointed from several 
applicants to complete Paul Adam's term. In 
November 1966 she had to run for office for a four 
year term. She had competition that year and was 
told she didn't have a chance, however, she beat 
her opponent two to one. The next four terms 
Eleanor was unopposed. A remodeling project was 
started on expanding the courthouse in 1974 to 
include vaults and much needed space in the 
Treasurer, Assessor and Clerk's offices. Also to 
expand the Sheriff's office and better jail facilities, 



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being completed in 9175. During this project there 
was much research on water rights, which involved 
the Clerk's office. In order to get to the copy 
machine, they had to go upstairs from the Clerk's 
office to the courtroom and then down the main 
stairs to the room where the copy machine was 
housed. She was Clerk and Recorder until March 
1982, when she submitted her resignation. 

Robert Aldous passed away May 18, 1978 at Idaho 
Falls, Idaho. 

Eleanor and her son, Ron, were able to visit Hawaii 
in October of 1980, this was a highlight for her. 

On March 20, 1982 Eleanor married Leslie L. 
Mund at Salmon, Idaho. They had attended school 
together as well as gone with each other when he 
was on furlough from the service. 

She then moved to Shelby, Montana where Leslie 
owned and operated Culligan Soft Water. They sold 
the business February 1, 1985, but continued to 



make Shelby their home until October 1986 when 
they purchased their present home in Salmon, 
Idaho. 

Since Eleanor and Les retired , they have gone to 
the World's Fair at Vancouver, Canada. They have 
traveled to Alaska, Texas, Oklahoma, South Dakota, 
North Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Colorado, 
Wyoming, California, Missouri and New Mexico. They 
have toured the Redwoods, Yosemite, Kings Canyon, 
Sequoia, Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Capitol 
Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce, Grand 
Canyon, Theodore Roosevelt, Wind Caves and 
Badlands National Parks. Visited Devil's Tower 
National Monument, Mount Rushmore, International 
Peace Gardens, Air Force Academy, Death Valley, 
Scotty's Castle, Banff and Jasper National Parks, 
Lake Louise, Alberta, British Columbia, Prince Rupert 
and Prince George, Canada. 

— Mrs. Leslie L. Mund 




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Harold Lee and Marjorie Waetzig Brown 

Harold Lee Brown was born June 8, 1918 at the 
Norton ranch four miles north of Salmon. He was 
the second child of Walter S. and Ella L. Brown. He 
attended Salmon schools and graduated in 1936. 

He married Marjorie Waetzig November 14, 1943 
at Hamilton, Montana. To this union were born four 
children. Betty Anne was born December 17, 1945 
and died September 13, 1947. Jimmy Lee was born 
July 29, 1947 and married Candice Brown on June 
10, 1967 at Dillon, Montana, they have two children: 
Jared Lee, born February 3, 1972 and Jennifer Ruth 
born January 28, 1978. The third of Harold and 
Marjorie's children, Linda Sue was born September 
16, 1949 and later married Dale Clark on July 7, 
1976. They have two children: Tanner born May 24, 
1979 and Lorsey born July 9, 1981. The fourth child 
is Walter Scott, born July 4, 1954 who married 
Cynthia Tyrrel at Whitehall, Montana, later divorcing 
with no children. 

Harold entered the United States Air Force and 
served during World War II. They returned to Salmon 
for a few years and then moved to May to ranch. 
They later made their home in Challis, Idaho, where 
he and Marjorie operated a grocery store and he 
worked for the Forest Service. 

Harold and Marjorie moved to Dillon, Montana. He 
worked for the Forest Service, then they moved to 
Sheridan, Montana and operated a grocery store. 
They built a drive-in restaurant and operated it for a 
number of years. Harold retired in 1978 and they 
continued to live at Sheridan until his death July 18, 
1982. Marjorie still makes her home there. 

— Mrs. Leslie L. Mund 



Kenneth Earle and 
Lucille Ann Powell Brown 

Kenneth E. "Brownie" Brown was the first white 
baby born in Fort Morgan, Colorado on February 27, 
1885. He had three brothers and one sister. Their 
parents were James K. and Elizabeth Farnsworth 
Brown. 

Kenneth graduated from Grand Island Business 
College, where he married his teacher, Lucille Ann 
Powell. They were married June 23, 1907 at Crab 
Orchard, Nebraska. 

Lucille Ann was born February 6, 1881 at 
Nebraska City, Nebraska to John and Louisea 
Powell. She was one of eleven children. Lucille was a 
graduate of Grand Island Nebraska Business and 
Normal College. Her early years were spent teaching 
elementary school in Nebraska and Iowa. 

After their marriage they made their home in 
Cheyenne, Wyoming. Lucille worked as a dispatcher 
for the Union Pacific Railroad for several years and 
Kenneth was the time keeper. 

They moved to Lemhi County in 1916, where 
Kenneth "Brownie" worked for Senator Shoup. He 
broke horses for Cruckhann and George Barrows at 
Leadore. They homesteaded one hundred sixty acres 
on Walter Creek, west of Leadore in 1921, and made 
their home there for twenty-nine years. It was a 
stopping off place for the Indians migrating from 
Salmon to Blackfoot. Many arrow heads could be 
found where they made them. 

During World War II, Lucille taught school at 
Gilmore, Leadore, D.C. and Sandy Creek. 

The place was sold to Orion Petersen. The Browns 
moved to Salmon and made their home near the old 
fair grounds. 

Brownie was an avid sportsman. He played 



John Walter Brown 

John Walter Brown was born September 7, 1920 
at the Norton ranch four miles north of Salmon, 
Idaho. He was the third child of Walter S. and Ella L. 
Brown. 

John attended Salmon schools, but was unable to 
attend his senior year due to illness. He later took a 
correspondence course and received his diploma. 

Paul McPherson bought the Salmon Hot Springs 
and John worked there and operated it. Later, he 
purchased the Hot Springs from Myra PcPherson. 

John married Virginia Moore Sims November 15, 
1959 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. 

They continued to operate the Hot Springs. When 
they sold the Hot Springs they built a house four 
miles east of Salmon, where they presently live. 

— Mrs. Leslie L. Mund 




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shortstop for the Cheyenne Indians pro-baseball 
team. 

Kenneth "Brownie" started the Lemhi County 
Thoroughbred Remount Breeders Association, he 
raised horses for the United States Cavalry for many 
years. In the summer he raced horses throughout 
the northwest, spending the winter in Arizona. He 
broke horses as well. 

Kenneth served as sheriff for Fort Morgan County, 
following in his father's footsteps. 

The couple had two children; Kenneth Malcourt 
Brown and Aloha Gene Brown. Kenneth M. married 
Lola Dole on March 16, 1937 and they had three 
children: Everette Earle, Roberta Ann, and Kenneth 
Richard. Aloha Gene married Urban Frank Kluesner 
on October 6, 1940 and they had four children: 
James Walter, Dorothy Jean, Rita Rose and Martha 
Ann. 

Brownie was Mill Creek water master for twenty 
years. During the same time he worked for the Purl 
Massy's on the D.C. Ranch, the Teige Ranch and 
Carlson Bros. 

They had many friends in Lemhi County. Brownie 
helped the 4-H kids and Rancho kids with their 
horses at the fair grounds until his death, December 
8, 1965. Lucille had passed away on December 29, 
1960. 

— Pat Aldous 
— Aloha Gene Kluesner 

Larry Boyce Brown 

Larry Boyce Brown was born in Lovell, Wyoming 
on February 1, 1921, the son of Achilles Brown and 
Myrtle Boyce Brown. He was the fifth child in a 
family of nine, a unique position because he had two 
older brothers and two younger brothers, two older 
sisters and two younger sisters. 

His youth was spent in the Lovell, Wyoming area 
where he enjoyed the things all children do and 
attended grade school. But the thing he loved best 
was the summer time when the family would move 
to the Medicine Wheel Ranch on the Big Horn 
Mountain where his father was employed by a cattle 
association. Here each one had his own 
responsibilities, learned to enjoyed many things and 
to love the great out doors. It is said that Larry 
learned to ride a horse before he learned to walk. 
His fondest memories of boyhood were those 
glorious times in the summer on Big Horn Mountain. 

In the spring of 1934, the family moved to 
Salmon, Idaho. Larry was part of the group who 
made the trek by team and wagon, driving a herd of 
animals with them. In Salmon, Larry attended high 
school and helped with the family business of cutting 
and selling firewood. He worked for the Forest 
Service during the summer, spending three summers 
on a Forest Service fire look-out station. 



It was here in Salmon that he met, and after a 
four year romance married, Beth Herbst on May 9, 
1942. The marriage was later solemnized in the Salt 
Lake Temple on August 10, 1942. To this couple, 
four daughters were born. Larria B. and Jane M . 
died in infancy. One daughter, Susan L. Brown lives 
in Pocatello, Idaho and the other daughter, Sally 
Brown Merrill, lives in Rigby, Idaho. 

Larry loved his country so when the call come to 
serve in World War II, he was among the many who 
left loved ones to go. After three years of military 
service, he returned to Salmon and worked for a few 
years as an auto mechanic. He served in the Korean 
Conflict for one year. He joined the National Guard 
and became a full-time employee. He said, "To do 
his part to help train young men to defend their 
country and try to make the world a better place to 
live." In 1959, Larry was transferred by the National 
Guard to Idaho Falls, Idaho, so the family moved to 
Rigby, near Idaho Falls. He was among the many 
who again served in the Viet Nam Conflict. He 
served his country on active duty and as a National 
Guardsman for thirty-four years. 

Larry was a devoted member of the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served 
faithfully as Young Men's President, Sunday School 
President, Elder's Quorum President, a member of 
two Bishoprics, High Priest Group Leader, and a 
scheduled veil worker in the Idaho Falls Temple. 

In the fall of 1977, Larry was diagnosed as having 
cancer. It was a real blow to one who had enjoyed 
good health throughout his lifetime. He took each 
treatment for the disease with courage and hope, 
and met each day with faith that things would be 
according to the will of the Lord. He died November 
9, 1981 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was laid to rest on 
November 12, 1981 in the Rigby Pioneer Cemetery 
with full military honors by his fellow Gurardsman, 
family and friends. 

— Doris W. Brown 




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Merrill M. and Virginia H. Brown 

Merrill Milton Brown was born March 12, 1912 at 
the Burney Morrow Ranch near May, Idaho. He 
received his schooling at May and Salmon, Idaho. He 
loved to ride horses, rodeo, break horses and ranch. 
He lived in the Pahsimeroi Valley until he was 
nineteen years of age. Then he moved to the 
Bohannon Creek Ranch, where he lived until 1946. 
There he ranched, raised cattle and packed supplies 
for the mines. 

He married Helen Marshall in 1933, they were 
later divorced. On January 14, 1938 he married 
Virginia Katheryn Hammond. Virginia was born at the 
Van Vadervolt Ranch at May, Idaho. She attended 
three years of school at May, then five years at Ellis 
School through the eighth grade. Virginia then 
attended school in Los Angeles, California for the 
rest of her education. She had a position with The 
May Co. in Los Angeles before returning to Salmon. 
In 1941 a daughter, Katheryn Gale, was born, but 
died at birth. In 1943 another daughter, Charlotte, 
was born. 

They ranched on the Bohannon Creek Ranch until 
1946, when the ranch was sold to Leo and Edgar 
Hagel. The Browns moved to Salmon and bought 
some property from Shoups, where their present 
home was built. In 1947 they purchased the Pratt 
Ranch in the Pahsimeroi Valley, which later was 
sold. 

The Brown family were avid posse members. 
Merrill rode in The Salmon River Sheriff's Posse. 
Virginia rode in The Riding Salmonettes and 
Charlotte rode in The Rancho Kids for several years. 




Merrill Mr. and Virginia K. Brown 



In the early 1950's they purchased the Seaton 
Ranch where they lived until 1955, when it was sold. 
They returned to Salmon. In 1966, they purchased 
the old Gautier Ranch on Fourth of July Creek. 
There they ranched and raised cattle until 1973 
when they retired and moved back to Salmon. 
Virginia said, "We would buy the ranches, fix them 
and sell them for a profit." 

Merrill and Virginia cared for his parents. Minor 
and Bertha Brown. Minor passed away in 1976 and 
Bertha in 1980. 

They added onto their home including a fireplace, 
which they had always wanted. For the next few 
years, they enjoyed working on their home, hunting, 
fishing and driving around the beautiful mountains. 

Virginia's mother's, Gladys McDonald, health 
began to fail and they helped with her until she 
entered a nursing home in 1985, where she still 
lives. Counting Gladys there are five generations of 
her family still living. 

Charlotte lives in Las Vegas Nevada. She married 
Bill Street, they are now divorced. Charlotte has two 
children: Alan and Ginger Street. Alan is married to 
Sona and they have two children: Carissa and Kyle. 
Alan works for the Pacific Security Bank of Glendale, 
California as a senior computer analyst and travels a 
lot in his work. Ginger lives with her mother in Las 
Vegas where they work. 

In 1985 Merrill fell of a roof and broke his hip in 
four places. In 1987 he had a small stroke, since 
then his health has not been very good. 

Virginia and Merrill are retired and live in Salmon, 
Idaho. They have given up the hunting, fishing and 
horses, instead they raise a nice garden, that they 
share with friends and neighbors. They enjoy their 
flowers, eating out, playing cards and visiting with 
friends. 

— Virginia Brown 

Michael Ray and Leslie Nelson Brown 

Michael Ray Brown married Leslie Christine Nelson 
on January 12, 1973 in Ogden, Utah in the Ogden 
Temple. 

Mike was born in Twin Falls, Idaho on January 19, 
1950, the seventh child of D. H. and Marion Elaine 
Seaton Brown. He had six brothers and sisters older 
than he: Barbara, Hank, Ron, Jerry, Larry and Mary. 
As a child he lived in various mining towns 
throughout Nevada and Utah , where his dad was an 
electrician for mining operations of Morrison- 
Knutson. He began attending Salmon schools in the 
fourth grade. He was an outstanding football player 
in high school. After graduating from Salmon High 
School in 1968 he attended one semester at the 
College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls before joining 
the army. During his two years in the army, he spent 
fourteen months in Korea as a driver in the motor 



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pool. He spent several months as the General's 
personal driver. After an honorable discharge, he 
attended a semester at the University of Idaho in 
Moscow, Idaho. He was employed by the United 
States Forest Service before going to work at the 
Nelson Angus Ranch. 

Leslie was born in Salmon, Idaho on January 8, 
1950 to Clyde and Ruby Ann Meservy Nelson. She 
was second oldest of five daughters: Theresa, Julie, 
Janna and Stephanie. Leslie grew up on the Nelson 
Angus Ranch, which was owned and operated by 
Clyde and his father, Rafe Nelson. She was a good 
student and was involved in various school and 
community activities such as: seminary, drama, 
National Honor Society, library club, drill team, pep 
club and served as class president and class 
secretary. She was the first female ever nominated 
to run for student body president in Salmon High 
School. She is a 1972 graduate from Salmon. 

After they were married, Mike and Leslie lived in 
Salmon for thirteen years and Mike worked on the 
ranch. While at the ranch he performed all farming 
duties, including fieldwork, irrigating, building, 
mechanic and worked with the cattle extensively. He 
spent much of his time on the road hauling cattle 
and attending various fairs and Angus shows. 

Leslie was active in church, community and 
educational programs. She was a news reporter for 
KSRA radio, submitted articles to the newspaper, 
served in PTO and assisted in numerous school 
functions and community programs. 

Mike and Leslie have five children, all born in 
Salmon: Cara Cleopha, born July 13, 1974; Reilie 
Mikkell, born September 22, 1975; Michael Rafeal 
(Rafe), born January 24, 1977; Ashley Christine, 
born November 7, 1979; and Derek Russell, born 
April 27, 1981. 

In June 1986, Mike left the ranch due to family 
problems and went to Fallon, Nevada to look for 
work. In September 1986 the rest of the family 
moved to Fallon. They have lived in Fallon for four 
and a half years now. 

Mike worked as a car and equipment salesman 
until April 1987. Since then he has been a 
commercial fisherman for Grastiet Fish Company. 
Leslie attends Western Nevada Community 
College — working towards a BIO/CHEM major and 
English minor — and substitute teaches in the 
schools. She has worked part time since moving to 
Fallon for a janitorial service, cleaning banks and 
businesses. 

All five children attend Churchill County Schools. 
Cara works part-time at Fallon Theatre, is a varsity 
cheerleader, attends early morning seminary and 
has a 3.76 GPA. Mikkell works part-time babysitting, 
is a J V cheerleader, attends early morning seminary 
and has a 3.8 GPA. Rafe is student body president of 
Jr. High, plays football, basketball, runs and triple 



jumps in track, is active in Boy Scouts and is a B 
average student. Ashley is in honors art, honors 
music, is a mini squad cheerleader and is a B + 
student. Derek is in honors art, a member of tae 
Kwon Do, plays soccer, basketball and football, 
swims, has a high aptitude in math and is an A 
student. 

— Leslie Brown 
— History Committee 

Minor and Bertha Brown 

Minor and Bertha were long time residents of 
Idaho and the Salmon area. Minor was born in 
Thayer, Iowa, September 5, 1881. The youngest son 
of Milton and Nancy Ann Brown. At the age of six he 
moved with his parents to Gering, Nebraska, where 
they lived until he graduated from high school in 
1899. He later finished a two year business college 
in Lincoln, Nebraska. He worked there for two years. 

Bertha was born in Cassville, Missouri, January 21, 
1888, the daughter of William and Amanda Beck. 
She lived there until she completed her education 
and moved with her parents to Patterson, Idaho in 
1904. 

Minor arrived in May, Idaho, in 1902. He worked 
on various cattle ranches there, including the Dave 
Drake ranch for two years. He later bought a 
homestead from Van Vandervolt. 

Minor and Bertha were married June 28. 1905 at 
the home of Reverend Kelley on Big Creek in the 
Pahsimeroi Valley, with Mrs. Kelley and Vandervolt 
as witnesses. 

Two children were born to Minor and Bertha: 
Laureta and Merrill. Merrill still lives in Salmon and 
Laureta lives in Phoenex, Arizona. 

The Browns lived on their homestead until June of 
1909. Then he and his brother, Dell, bought the 




Minor and Bertha Brown's 70th Anniversary picture 



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Burney ranch three miles south of May, Idaho, 
where they ranched and raised cattle until 1928. 
They then moved to Salmon, Idaho. 

While in May, he was a school trustee and served 
as president of the Union Central Bank until it closed 
in 1921. 

Minor also served two terms as County 
Commissioner for district three. Bertha raised their 
family. The raised gardens, chickens for their use, 
made her own butter, canned lots of lovely 
vegetables and fruit, made most of their clothing and 
helped with the ranch work. 

After moving to Salmon, Minor served one term as 
County Commissioner district one. He was also a 
five-year member of the board at Steele Memorial 
Hospital. 

Minor and Bertha then operated a hotel in 
American Falls and lived in Blackfoot for a few years, 
before they returned once again to Salmon, in the 
spring of 1944. 

They were well known in the Salmon area and 
helped many people in Salmon and the surrounding 
areas during their lifetimes. 

Minor and Bertha resided in Salmon the rest of 
their lives. Minor loved his garden and flowers and 
spent most of his time working in it. He raised lovely 
vegetables, flowers and fruit trees. 

Bertha also had her garden, of which she was very 
proud. It was on the other side of the road from 
Minor's. They loved to compete against each other 
to see who could raise the earliest and largest 
vegetables. They both did a good job of it. 

Bertha loved to crochet, sew and embroidery and 
made many lovely things. She also liked to make 
quilts, which she gave to her family, they enjoyed 
them very much. Bertha also loved her card parties. 

Minor passed away June 18, 1976 at the age of 
94. Bertha passed away on June 24, 1980 at the 
age of 92. 

They lived through some lean hard years, raising 
most of their food, making most of their clothes, 
riding on horses and in their buggy. It was a hard 
life, with lots of hard work, but a good full life. They 
were good, honest and hard working people. They 
are missed by almost everyone who knew them. 

— Virginia K. Brown 



Myra Brown 

Myra Brown was born August 4, 1914 at the 
Norton Ranch four miles north of Salmon, the oldest 
child of Walter S. and Ella L. Brown. 

When Myra started school her father bought the 
brick house across from the Brooklyn school. His 
sister, Florence E. Brown, came west in 1920 from 
Great Valley, New York to take care of her. She 
attended Salmon schools and graduated in 1932. 



Myra worked at McPherson's. On September 9, 
1935 she married Paul R. McPherson. To this union 
were born two children: Ella Lee, born December 12, 
1938 and Paul Murdock, born January 15, 1942. 

After Paul passed away on December 13, 1952 , 
Myra continued to operate the store, she put in new 
lines of clothing. 

Ella Lee married Tom Nelson on April 2, 1960. 
They had two children: Kyle Nelson, born July 13, 
1964 and Hal Nelson, born September 6, 1966. They 
later divorced and Ella married Walter Eagle on 
December 30, 1982. 

Paul Murdock married Virginia Stewart on August 
12, 1961 at Boise, Idaho. They had one child, Paul 
M. McPherson, born January 27, 1963. They 
divorced. He married Dorothy Kluesner in February 
of 1966, they had one child, James Tyler 
McPherson, born July 16, 1966, they later divorced. 
Paul then married Jodi Hall on July 11, 1986 at 
Salmon, Idaho. 

On November 15, 1968, Myra married Ralph 
Laurence at Elko, Nevada. Ralph had a ranch at 
Tendoy which he purchased from Kenneth and Hilda 
Anderson. Myra commuted to work at the store until 
they sold the ranch to Darrel Bagley. They moved to 
Salmon. 

She sold the store to Florin and Mitzi Beller. 
Presently, Myra and Ralph go to Arizona in the fall 
for about six months, coming back in April to their 
home in Salmon. 

— Mrs. Leslie L. Mund 




BACK ROW: Harold Lee Brown, MIDDLE ROW: Florence Eleanor 
Brown and John Walter Brown, FRONT ROW: Myra Brown 



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Robert Tingley Brown 

Bob was born November 6, 1923 in Salmon, 
Idaho, to George Alexander Brown and Flora Tingley 
Brown, along with two brothers, William V. and 
Richard. His father was born in Salmon in the 
Gwartney home next to the Court House. Flora was 
born at Junction, now Leadore. She attended normal 
school at Lewiston and became a school teacher. 
She taught fourth, fifth, and sixth grades at Lincoln 
school for about ten years. Flora was a very small 
women and loved to drive their car, but could barely 
see over the steering wheel. One day she drove right 
into Freddy Viel's grocery store through the window. 

During his growing-up years Bob watched the WPA 
build the rock wall on the bar. He said they did not 
use sophisticated equipment, but scaled everything 
with the naked eye. 

Bob attended grammar school and a year of high 
school in Salmon, they then moved to Emmett, and 
on to Crescent City, California. They didn't stay long 
before they moved to Fair Oaks, California and he 
graduated from high school there. It was unusual to 
move that often and Bob attended four high schools 
before he graduated. He attended Sacramento 
College and was drafted into the Air Force for World 
War II. He served in Europe, particularly England and 
France, from 1943 to 1945. 

He came back to Fair Oaks and worked for the 
Civilian Air Force as a crew chief in aircraft 
maintenance, working on all types of aircraft from 
the B-29 to the Jet F-86's for seven years. 

He married Beverly Huiting and had two sons and 
two daughters: Nancy, Robert, Lori and Tom were 
born in Fair Oaks. 

Bob worked at Aero Jet Corporation as a 
department foreman in propulsion systems, also for 
McDonald Douglas Astronomies as a engineer 
scientist. He then went back to Aero Jet for another 
five years as technical representative and from there 
to American Machine and Foundry as a field 
engineer. He worked for Pacific Gas and Electric in 
San Francisco as start-up engineer building new 
plants and testing pneumatics, electrical and 
hydraulic systems on nuclear, geo-thermo, hydro 
and fossil power plants. He did not have the 
background needed for the different positions and 
spent many long hours studying at nights to prepare. 
He was principally involved in transposing 
schematics to language that a layman could read 
and understand. Bob was extremely adept at doing 
this and enjoyed that challenging opportunity. He 
worked on this project throughout California until 
1986 when he returned to Salmon for retirement. 

Bob kept in contact with the group that he served 
with in WW II and attended their reunions. He 
traveled to the Soviet Union, Finland and went back 
to Warrington Airbase in England where they served 



during the war. 

While Bob was stationed in Ireland, he was on 
leave at Castle, Ireland. He saw a cafe there named 
"Montana", so he stopped in. The owner had 
worked at the mine in Butte, Montana, and moved 
back to his homeland and started the cafe , which 
he named after the state of Montana. His specialty 
was boot-leg ice cream. Because of the tuberculosis 
epidemic, making ice cream was illegal! He knew 
Bob's grandfather from his work in Butte, and even 
showed Bob a mining document signed by Grandpa, 
E. V. Tingley. 

The name Tingley has stayed in the Brown family 
line with Bob's middle name Tingley, his son is Tom 
Tingley and their son is Teyo Tingley. 

Bob loved growing up in Salmon, he said, "Here, 
you were truly a free spirit." — S. Kaye Guth 

W.A. and Agnes I. Brown 

W.A. Brown arrived in the United States from 
Aberdeen, Scotland in 1893. Agnes I. Brown arrived 
from Ayr, Scotland in 1897. They were married in 
1901. Eight children were born to this marriage. 

Jane S. Brown Morrison worked for the railroad 
for thirty-five years, retiring in San Francisco in 
1965. 

Isobel Brown Whitson of Lemhi, Idaho, had one 
son, Bruce. Her husband, Walter, passed away in 
1967. Bruce continues to care for the ranches and 
runs both sheep and cattle. 

Mary Brown McBride was formerly of Lemhi 
County, now residing in Portland, Oregon. She has 
four children. 

Jessie Brown Cutforth graduated from San Jose 
State University in 1956 with a teaching degree. She 
married John Cutforth, vice- president of the 
Burlington Northern Railroad. They presently live in 
Sequim, Washington. 

William A. Brown, Jr. died in 1962. 

Thomas M. Brown served in Alaska 
Communications during World War II and retired 
from AT&T in Portland, Oregon in 1978. 

Robert S. Brown was a pilot in the Air Force during 
World War II, returning to work for the Milwaukee 
Railroad. Retired in 1980 in Portland, Oregon. 

Charles A. Brown served in the Merchant Marines 
during World War II. He spent a few years in Alaska 
and is now associated with Pendelton Woolen Mills in 
Portland, Oregon. 

Upon coming to this country in 1893, Mr. Brown 
came to Mayfield, Idaho. He worked for the McMillan 
Sheep Company until such time as they retired and 
Mr. Brown bought the outfit and continued living at 
Mayfield until 1917. He bought the Bond & 
Buchanan Sheep Co. in Tendoy, Idaho. It was later 
known as the Idaho Livestock Company. 

— Brown Family 



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Walter Scott Brown and Ella L. Brown wedding June 9, 1909 

Walter Scott and Ella Lee Brown 

Walter Scott Brown, born May 2, 1877 at Great 
Valley, New York, the fourth child of James D. and 
Poena Congdon Brown. He completed school 
through eighth grade. In those days they were lucky 
to get through grade eight. 

The family farmed at Bear Hallow, which is near 
Great Valley. 

In 1904 he came west to engage in ranching, he 
was one of the first Browns to settle in Lemhi 
County. He, Charles Norton and his brother, John E. 
Brown, batched in a house near the Gilmore- 
Pittsburgh railroad on Lemhi Street, now property of 
Mae Miller. He worked for William H. Mulkey at the 
Shenon Panch, now Stephenson Hereford Panch. 

Ella Lee Brown, was born at Higginsville, Missouri 
on September 24, 1883, the oldest child of William 
V. and Emma Lee Mulkey Brown. In 1907 she came 
west to Dillon, Montana to seek work. She stayed 
with her aunt and uncle, Sam and Lulu Mulkey 
Williamson. She worked at Eliel's Department store 
and was head clerk over about six other clerks. 

She came to Baker on the stage to visit her uncle 
and aunt, William H. and Carrie Sheets Mulkey, at 
the Shenon Panch where he was foreman. She, 
being the only passenger on the stage, got to ride up 
by the driver. 

Ella met Walter S. Brown and apparently it was 
love at first sight, as Aunt Carrie told her 
granddaughter, "It was very romantic". She 
returned to Dillon, but she and Walter corresponded 
with each other. She at one time had a leather box 
of post cards and letters she kept. 

Walter and Ella were married June 9, 1909 at the 
Shenon Panch. After their marriage they lived at the 



Norton Panch four miles north of Salmon. Walter 
raised horses, this wasn't too profitable, so he and 
Charles Norton were partners raising purebred 
registered shorthorn cattle. 

While at the Norton Panch four children were 
born: Myra Brown born August 4, 1914. Harold Lee 
Brown born June 8, 1918. John Walter Brown born 
September 7, 1920. And Florence Eleanor Brown 
born May 9, 1922. 

Walter S. played the tuba in the town band. He 
also played the violin. A band stand stood at the 
corner of Center and Main Streets by the Masonic 
Hall, years later it was moved to Island Park. After 
the children were big enough, they were taken to 
town every Saturday night to hear the band play. 

Walter bought the Bob Stocker Ranch, now the 
Nelson Angus Panch. He continued to raise purebred 
registered shorthorn cattle. He took them to Ogdon 
stock shows where he won blue ribbons and 
champion blue ribbons. 

Ella raised a large garden. She also raised Phode 
Island red chickens and turkeys for market. John 
and Eleanor had to herd the turkeys to keep them 
from going into the neighbors field. Turkeys have got 
to be the dumbest bird on two legs! 

Walter raised alfalfa hay, grain, field corn for 
silage, potatoes and hogs for butchering. He cured 
the hams and bacon, the rest was canned, including 
sausage. 

When the Chautauqua or Toby Nord Show would 
come to town, Walter would take the family to see 
it. That was always a highlight. They were all ready 
to go to the show one time, when the rear axle on 
the car broke, so they walked down the railroad 
track to town as they didn't want to miss it. At the 
time, the tents were set up about where the 
Stagecoach Motel is. It was around eleven o'clock 
when the show was over, they then trekked back 
home. They thought it was worth it. 

Walter continued to live on the ranch until his 
death on December 23, 1940. 

In May of 1941 the house burned to the ground. 
That summer a new house was constructed on the 
ranch, where Ella continued to live until she sold it 
to Art Hodges. Ella purchased a home on Shoup 



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street and lived there until poor health forced her to 
be taken care of. Mrs. Hugh Leonard took care of 
her until she broke her hip, from which she never 
recovered. Ella passed away on October 6, 1957. 

— Mrs. Leslie L. Mund 

William Joseph and Nellie Kenny Brown 

William Joseph Brown was born March 23, 1860 in 
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. As a child, he and his 
parents moved to England. When he was ten, they 
moved to Toronto, Canada where he lived until 
1881. 

Leaving there, he went to New York and other 
states eventually arriving in Salmon, Idaho in 1882. 
"Billy", as he was known to family and friends, 
worked for a time for Frank Pollard. He then formed 
a partnership with John Steel, who was married to 
Pollard's sister. They operated a retail meat market 
and slaughterhouse. The site and some of the 
original buildings of the slaughterhouse are now 
occupied by the King B Jerky plant. Billy purchased 
the business after Steel's death. 

On December 23. 1886. Billy and Nellie Kenny, Dr. 
George Kenny's daughter, were married. 

A mining boom was in full swing in Nicholia, Idaho 
and the Browns moved there to open a meat 
market. Two years later mining started to dwindle, 
so they moved back to Salmon. In 1897 
construction was completed on a two story brick 
building known as the "Brown Block", which was to 
house Billy's meat market as well as other 
businesses and professional offices. Billy's brick 
building still stands next to the Odd Fellows building. 

Billy was deeply involved with the settlement and 
development of Lemhi County. He was elected to 
the first presidency of the Commercial Club and re- 
elected president each year as long as the 
organization was active. A long time member of the 
Odd Fellows Lodge, Billy filled all the offices of his 
home lodge and several positions of the Grand 
Lodge of Idaho, having served as Grand Master and 
Grand Patriarch. One of his favorite 
accomplishments was to serve many years as one of 
the trustees of the lodge and to see that a new 
lodge was erected next to the "Brown Block". 

Billy and Nellie had five children ; Ivy, Phoebe who 
died in infancy, George, Carrie and Lloyd. 

The original house where Billy and Nellie lived and 
where most of their children were born is the one 
just above the Lemhi County Courthouse. In order to 
accommodate his growing family, Billy added 
bedroom wings, a kitchen, a pantry and a bathroom. 
In fact, the property was once a part of the Brown 
estate. The present owners of the home, Mr. and 
Mrs. Bob Gwartney, have related a story concerning 
an attic fire that occurred. When a new roof was to 
be installed, it was discovered that the original 




Bill Brown 



building had been of log construction and had 
probably been there when Billy acquired the 
property. 

Billy's eldest son, George, was married to Flora 
Tingley on July 16, 1919. Flora's mother was Abigail 
Reddington, who was born in Junction, Idaho on 
October 30, 1893. George and Flora had three sons: 
William v.. Robert T. and Richard George, all born in 
Salmon, Idaho. 

Billy died on August 29, 1914 and is buried in the 
Salmon Cemetery. His funeral was one of the largest 
ever held in Salmon and attended by many friends, 
relatives and dignitaries from throughout the area 
and the state. 

After his father's death George continued to 
operate the meat market for many years. During this 
time Flora taught in the local grade schools. 

— Bill Brown 



Vesta Fay Clark and Henry Brunk 

Vesta Fay Clark Brunk was born November 17, 
1880 in Humbolt, Iowa, one of the four children of 
Frank and Annie Blair Clark. She grew up and 
received her early education in Humbolt. Later, she 
attended Little John College and Hospital in Chicago. 
Illinois, where she received her diploma as a 
graduate nurse in 1913. 



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Fay Clark Brunk 

Fay then moved to Salmon and did nursing in 
private homes all over Lemhi County, working with 
Dr. Owen T. Stratton. She also assisted in many 
births, some of them in her own home before there 
was a maternity home in Salmon. 

A few years later, her parents came to Salmon 
and the family raised garden vegetables for the 
stores and fairs for many years. Their vegetables 
won many blue ribbons. 

Fay cared for people in her home at different 
times through the years, Henry A. Brunk was one of 
these. When her mother, who had been living with 
her, passed away, Fay and Mr. Brunk decided to get 
married, thus avoiding the possibility of any gossip 
concerning them. They were married September 22, 
1950 in Salmon. Mr. Brunk died in July of 1954, and 
Fay continued to live in Salmon. 

Her sister died when her three children were small 
and Fay helped to take care of them. Joe, Bob and 
Mollie Moodie stayed in town with Aunt Fay while 
going to high school, they all have many fond 
memories of her. 

Fay was a member of the Salmon United 
Methodist Church. Vest Fay Clark Brunk died April 
16, 1978 in Steele Memorial Hospital, following a 
long illness. She was buried in the Salmon City 
Cemetery on April 18. 

— Doris Brown 



Constance Snook Brunnmeier 

A 1939 article in the Spokesman-Review 
proclaimed: "pretty Connie Snook, the only woman 
professional big game guide in Idaho". This didn't 
seem unusual to Connie. When, years later, one of 
her daughters said she was a feminist before her 
time, she replied "it was just called doing her job". 

Connie was born in 1915 on the Snook family 
ranch near Baker, the daughter of a pioneer Lemhi 
County family. Her parents were Charles "Charlie" 



W. Snook and Willa White. Charlie was born in 
Salmon in 1880 and Willa in Bannock, Montana in 
1891. Charlie 's parents were John W. and Emily 
Snook. Willa's birth parents both died when she was 
very young and both her adoptive parents died when 
she was a young girl. In 1908, at the time of their 
marriage, Charlie was considered the most eligible 
bachelor in Lemhi County. Both lived well into their 
90's. 

During high school, it was necessary for Connie to 
work for board and room in town and that's when 
Jim Caples gave her the nickname "Cookie". Connie 
graduated from Salmon High School and worked for 
her father as an outfitter and guide in the Primitive 
Area near Elk Summit, Idaho, guiding fishermen in 
the summer and hunters in the fall using pack 
horses. 

She rode with a mounted drill team, the Salmon 
River Cowgirls in the late 1930's. One of her prized 
possessions then was a pair of made-to-measure 
custom cowboy boots from Texas. However, the 
bootmaker didn't count on the hot Idaho summers 
and swollen feet. Connie had to sleep in her boots 
on a trip to compete in a rodeo in Sun Valley. 

In 1940, she married Ervin "Stub" Brunnmeier, 
who had come to Salmon from Cackle, North Dakota 
in 1936 with the Civilian Conservation Corp. They 
made their home in Salmon except for the World 
War II years which they spend in Oakland, California. 

Their daughter , Sue, was born in 1945 and 
Connie Ann in 1947. Sue currently makes her home 
in Seattle, Washington and Connie Ann in Tempe, 
Arizona. 

Connie was active in the Episcopal Church and 
with her daughters in 4-H, Job's Daughters, and 
school events. She was bailiff of the Magistrate 
Court and worked at Aunt Joe's Attic at the time of 
her death, at age 71, in 1987. 

— Sue Brunnmeier 




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BACK ROW: Chuck and Mary Lee Budworth, FRONT ROW: Sandra 
Lee Posner, Amy Lee Posner, Matthew David Posner, Lois Anita 
Collins and Shanay Lee Collins 



Charles E. and Mary Lee Budworth 

I, Mary Lee Logsdon, was born in St. Anthony, 
Idaho on November 11, 1929. The third child of 
eight: consisting of five girls and three boys. My 
parents are Clarence William Logsdon and Lula Ruby 
Taylor Logsdon. 

At an early age, we moved to Landon, Wyoming. 
My father passed away when I was about eight years 
old and my mother remarried about a year later to 
Charles Leroy Palmer. We moved out to the Fort 
Washakie Reservation. I was baptized at Chief 
Washakie's Hotsprings. My stepfather was a cowboy 
and loved breaking horses. I remember a time when 
we would all go up on the Wind River Range to our 
camp. Us kids would always wander off, so Dad used 
to hide behind a tree and pretend to be a bear. He 
would jump out and scare us, we soon learned to 
stay close to camp. 

I went to school with the Indian children. The 
school had one room and a pot bellied stove for 
heat. We had very cold winters and it was a long 
walk to school. I really loved the reservation while 
we lived there. 

Later on, I came back to Idaho and stayed with 
my grandmother, Sarah Rosetta Wickel Taylor. She 
was born February 25, 1873, and married Fred 0. 
Taylor, who was born April 26, 1869. They were 
married November 4, 1889 in Elba, Idaho. Grandma 
died September 13, 1946 and Grandpa died April 26, 
1930. 

I went to California the spring of 1950, where I 
met Charles E. Budworth. We married in Las Vegas 
on September 13, 1952. He drove truck for Asbury 
System until it folded in 1976. He then went to work 
for Southwest Tanklines. 



We have two daughters and three grandchildren. 
Sandra Lee was born September 15, 1954 and 
married Wayne Posner on January 15, 1982. They 
have two children: Matthew David, born May 31, 
1985 and Amy Lee, born June 1, 1988. Ours second 
daughter, Lois Anita, was born August 17, 1962 and 
married Russell A. Collins on December 4, 1987. 
They have one daughter, Shanay Lee, born July 13, 
1989. 

When we retired, we came to Salmon, Idaho. We 
arrived at our new home on April 7, 1978. All it was , 
was a rough piece of land on the side of a rocky hill. 
We had a mobile home moved on It and set up. They 
brought it across the Iron Creek Bridge and up what 
they called the Stage Coach Road. We unloaded the 
truck and had our first meal in our new home which 
was a far cry from what we left in California. It was 
so quiet ... no phones ringing, no traffic sounds . . . 
it was really nice and quiet. 

We had Rick Hussey level our back yard and put in 
a driveway. Chuck put in a C.B. radio so we could 
call Salmon on Side Band. He would talk to Rex 
Tolman in the evenings. Chuck would also talk to Ed 
Corbett up at the Hat Creek Ranch, we became 
good friends with the Tolmans and Corbetts. 

We have met a lot of really nice people here that 
have made us glad we moved to Idaho. We enjoy 
fishing and hunting and going after firewood. Chuck 
has been on the Salmon River Water Department 
and the Elk Bend Fire Department. Before we got 
phones, Chuck was called to take people to the 
hospital who got hurt doing one thing or another. We 
enjoy living in the Salmon River Valley. 

— Mary Lee Budworth 

John K. and Nellie Bradley Bunce 

Nellie Lucille Bradley Bunce, fondly known as 
"Babe" to family and friends, was born on August 9, 
1925 in Salmon to Frank Bryan and Mary O'Connor 
Bradley. 

Her father worked for the U.S. Forest Service and 
for the first three years of Babe's life the family lived 
in the Shoup area. Frank did road and rock work and 
Mary cooked for the forest crew. The Bradleys lived 
in Salmon until 1932, then purchased eighty acres 
nine miles south of Salmon on the Salmon River. 
This was the family home until Frank's death in 
1945. 

Nellie attended school in Salmon and graduated 
from high school in 1943 as valedictorian. That fall 
she entered nurses training in Pocatello. While she 
was in training Nellie married John "Jack" Kenneth 
Bunce on April 1, 1946. The couple chose April 
Fool's Day to be married because according to Jack, 
"if they ever changed their mind they could just say 
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Jack had been discharged from the army after 
serving four and a half years in the North African 
and European Theatre. 

The Bunces lived in Pocatello until the birth of 
Caryl Marie on April 20, 1947, when they moved to 
Cobalt. While residing there John Kenneth II was 
born March 7, 1949. They moved to Salmon in 
1950. 

Jack worked as a carpenter, auto mechanic, farm 
equipment salesman, gunsmith, and for the Forest 
Service. He then worked for the Idaho State Fish 
and Game Department until retirement in 1979. Jack 
is known as "a jack of all trades" and has kept busy 
after retirement as carpenter, auto mechanic and 
gunsmith. 

Nellie worked for the newly constructed Steele 
Memorial Hospital as a registered nurse. She took 
two weeks off in the fall of 1950 to give birth to 
Frank Bradley Bunce on November 22. Two weeks 
after the birth of their son, Frank, the Bunces 
purchased the family home on the bar in Salmon. 

In 1966 Nellie took a leave of absence and moved 
to Spokane, Washington for eighteen months where 
she graduated from the Sacred Heart School of 
Anesthesia. She then returned home to her husband 
and two boys who had fended for themselves while 
she was gone. Nellie continued to work for Steele 
Memorial Hospital as a Certified Registered Nurse 
Anesthetist until retirement in 1988. 

The Bunce children have also made their own 
memories. Caryl graduated from Salmon High 
School in 1965, joined her mother in Spokane and 
completed a course in cosmetology in 1967. She 
married Keith McCoy of Cobalt and had three 
children. Twin Boys, John and Frank, and a 
daughter, Crystal. 



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Nellie and Jack Bunce 



John graduated from Salmon High School in 1967 
and joined the Navy during the Vietnam era. He 
returned home and attended I.S.U. certifying in Civil 
Engineering. On December 31, 1975 he married 
Kristina Longhurst of Salmon and they have five 
children: Eric, Amy, Nellie Ann, Mary Sue, and John 
Kenneth III. 

Frank graduated from Salmon High School in 
1969, attended I.S.U. for twelve months, then joined 
the U.S. Marines. While in the Marines he married 
Annette Olson of Salmon. After his discharge, both 
Frank and Annette returned to Idaho State 
University to complete master degrees. They have 
four children: Frank Bradley II, Kenneth Delos, 
Angela Katherine, and Torri Ann. 

Since retirement. Jack and Nellie have fulfilled 
their lifelong dreams to travel. They have been to 
Alaska three times and traveled throughout the 
United States in their motorhome. Jack spends his 
time camping, fishing, hunting, doing gunsmith work 
and caring for the grandkids. Nellie can be found 
sharing her talents with friends and family, 
gardening, playing bridge, cooking and preparing 
meals for anyone who crosses her threshold. 

Annette and Frank Bunce 



Roscoe Devon and Elaine Bennett Burch 

Roscoe Devon Burch was born June 13, 1922 at 
Solo, Missouri to L. C. and Laura West Burch. Devon 
came to Salmon from Solo, Missouri in 1937. Devon 
and his father, Columbus Burch, were in very poor 
health. They were all in hopes that the climate in 
Salmon would help them; which it did. Devon was 
fifteen years old at the time. 

They moved in a pickup, camping out at night. 
When they first got to Salmon they lived up Kirtley 
Creek and all the children attended school there. 
Sisters and brothers are: Lucille Depew, Betty 
Roudolph, Ann Gunning, Dean and Roy Burch. 

Devon attended high school in Salmon until the 
war broke out. He enlisted in the Navy in the 
Submarine Division. 

At the end of the war he returned to Salmon and 
married Elaine Bennett on March 7, 1946 at 
Hamilton, Montana. Elaine Bennett Burch was born 
in Salmon, Idaho on January 18, 1926. Her parents 
were Johnnie J. and May Coles Bennett. 

Elaine attended school in Salmon starting at the 
Lincoln School. Beginning the seventh grade, she 
attended the Brooklyn School and continued to 
attend there until the new high school was built, 
which is now the junior high school. She graduated 
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FRONT ROW: James Lee Burch, BACK ROW: Ronald Devon, 
Roscoe Devon, Elaine & Aria Areva 

Elaine has two sisters, Ardeie Bennett Demick and 
Barbara Westfall, and one brother, John Payment 
Bennett. 

After their marriage, Elaine and Devon moved to 
Gooding and worked on a farm for one year, then 
returned to Salmon. Devon worked for Idaho Power 
Company before moving back to Southern Idaho, 
where they farmed for seven years. 

They returned to Salmon and owned a ranch 
about three miles up the back Lemhi Poad. They 
sold this ranch in 1987 keeping the house and three 
acres. Elaine worked in the insurance business until 
retiring in 1986. 

Devon and Elaine had three children: Ponald 
Devon born July 20, 1947 at Hamilton, Montana, 
Aria Areva born September 12, 1949 at Salmon, 
Idaho, and James Lee born October 2, 1956 at 
Jerome, Idaho. They have six grandchildren: Aaron 
Boots, Justin Boots, Tracy Burch, Kimberly Burch, 
Derek Burch and Brittany Burch. 

— Elaine Burch 



John and Theresa Brinkman Burggraf 

Born in 1884 in Watkins, Minnesota to Nicholas 
and Katherine Schmidt Burggraf, John Burggraf 
migrated with his family to Idaho in his early teens. 
The family settled in Market Lake; now called 
Poberts. 

Similarly Theresa Brinkman, who was born in 1893 
in Farming, Minnesota left with her father, Joseph 
Brinkman, and mother, Elizabeth Weber Brinkman, 
to settle in Idaho Falls, Idaho. 

Theresa became John Burggraf's wife in 1916. The 
couple moved to Lemhi County in 1917 with their 
first child, James. They purchased the Pioneer 
Panch on Sandy Creek. This ranch later became the 
Ankrum Panch or the Schaffner Place. 

Twelve years were spent raising cattle, sheep and 
potatoes on this place. 



Theresa bore five more children: Katherine, (Mrs. 
Herb Aldous), Geraldine (Mrs. Larry Barton), Theresa 
( who died at birth), Patricia, (Mrs. Harry G. 
Shanafelt) and Bill. 

The Depression brought hard times to John and 
Theresa and they lost the Pioneer Panch. In 1929, 
they leased the King Panch, which is now the site of 
the Salmon Valley Community Park. They lived on 
this ranch for two years. 

All their married life was spent raising cattle, 
sheep and potatoes. 

In 1931 they leased the Beer's Ranch located on 
the old Lemhi Poad. In 1934 John and Theresa 
made their final move when they leased the Lars 
Gertson Panch also located on the old Lemhi Poad. 
They later purchased the place. 

In addition to ranching, John worked as a potato 
buyer for a processing plant in Hamilton, Montana. 

John died in 1947 and Theresa leased the ranch 
to her daughter, Katherine and husband, Herb 
Aldous. They later bought the ranch. Theresa then 
moved back to Idaho Falls where she died in 1954. 

The only survivor of John and Theresa, Patricia 
Shanafelt still resides in Salmon. 

— Mrs. Harry (Patricia) Shanafelt 

Buster Family 

Some of the Buster men had apparently come 
from the mid-west around the turn of the century to 
prospect and work in the mines, especially around 
Ulysses. According to Julia Randolph's The Golden 
Years, there were eight Buster men's names on the 
list of claim locators from 1877 to 1900. They were: 
Alvin, Charles F., Doug, Fred, John, Thomas, W. D. 
and W. J. Buster. 

Charles Freeland Buster brought his wife, Laura, 
and family here from Kansas in 1906. The only one 
of their children born after the move was a 
daughter, Blanche, born in 1909. The next youngest, 
Rose, was born in Cheney, Kansas in 1899. The 
other children were: Fred, Perl, Guy, Bert, Harry, 
Arnold and Madge. 

Bert married Edith Westfall with children Harry 
and Elmer. Arnold married Carl Kriley with children 
Mildred, Stuart, Paul and Carl J. Madge married Bill 
Taylor, with daughter Billie, and later married Herb 
St. Clair. Rose married Bob Isley with sons; Robert, 
Bill and Mike. 

When Roses's husband. Bob Isley. was elected as 
County Sheriff in 1939, they moved into the 
apartment on the third floor of the county 
courthouse. Bob served as sheriff until 1951, during 
that time. Rose cooked for the prisoners in the jail. 
Some friends said she was such a good cook the 
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Rose is the only survivor of her generation, with 
son Robert deceased, Bill in Juneau, Alaska and Mike 
in Arizona. Her husband, Bob, died in 1977 and 
Rose, now 92 years of age, presently resides at the 
Salmon Valley Care Center. 

Blanche graduated from Salmon High School in 
1927, then attended the Nursing School at the 
Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Washington. She 
took further training as an anesthetist at Sacred 
Heart Hospital there. Blanche married Orville Garber, 
a white pine timber grader, in 1939. They lived in 
the Idaho and eastern Washington area until 1975, 
when they retired and came to live in Salmon. 
Blanche passed away in 1989 after a lingering illness. 

Elmer Buster, Bert and Edith's son, married 
Virginia Harris. They are both now retired and live in 
Salmon. Their son, Dick, married Linda Marshall and 
have three children: Tina, Mandy and R.J. They also 
reside in Salmon. 



— Irene Bolander 



John William Buster 



John William Buster, the son of Charles J. Buster 
and Louisa Lawson, was born in Putnam County, 
Missouri on October 2, 1875. He was the eldest of 
six children - four boys and two girls. While still living 
in Missouri he married Nancy Elizabeth Campbell in 
1894 and seven children were born to this union. A 
daughter, Blanche, and three sons, Charles, Francis, 
and Clarence were born in Missouri. 

The young Buster family moved to Red Fork, 
Oklahoma in 1906 when it was still Indian territory. 
While in Oklahoma another daughter. Opal, was 
born. 

In 1909 they moved west and settled in Lemhi 
County, Idaho. They homesteaded some land on the 
North Fork of the Salmon River near Gibbonsville 
and two daughters, Vivian and Grace were born. 

In 1914, John Buster began a twenty-five year 
career as a stage driver, starting between 
Gibbonsville and Salmon. In summer horses and 
wagons were used and in winter horse drawn sleds 
were needed for the two day round trip. The first 
motor vehicle to go to Gibbonsville was a truck 
which replaced the horse drawn stage in the 
summer of 1917. Winter still called for horses and 
sleds to battle the snow drifts on the rough 
mountain roads. 

John's wife, Nancy Elizabeth, died at Ulysses in 
1918 and in 1920 he married Rena Bartl. From 1918 
until the sumimer of 1922 John drove the stage from 
Gibbonsville to Shoup, which was the last settlement 
at the end of the road into the Salmon River 
Canyon. 

He and Rena Bartl adopted a baby boy, Eugene, in 
1922 and he became as dear to him as his own 




John William Buster 1938 

children. That same year the family moved to 
Salmon. For the next few years his stage route was 
from Salmon to May and then to Challis, a daily 
round trip. 

Rena Bartl Buster died of acute myocarditis in 
1928. 

As the highway was improved, his route became 
longer and in 1930 he began driving from Salmon to 
Mackay, a distance of about one hundred twenty 
miles. In 1932, John and Georgia Taylor Glavin were 
married. 

John continued driving from Salmon to Mackay, 
making the round trip daily until he retired in the 
spring of 1939. At the time of his retirement, it was 
estimated that he had driven stage well over a 
million miles without going more than a hundred 
twenty miles from home and without a serious 
accident or injury to any passenger. At that time, 
perhaps no man in Lemhi County knew more people 
or touched more lives than he. Most people had at 
some time been a passenger. John Buster was 
genial, kindly, watchful and careful of the welfare of 
his passengers - a friend to all who knew him. His 
long and safe record as a stage driver will not be 
easily replaced in the history of Lemhi County's 
transportation. 

John Buster died in a Butte, Montana hospital in 
October of 1939 at the age of sixty-four. He was laid 
to rest in the Gibbonsville Cemetery. He was a long 



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time member of the Masonic Lodge. His third wife, 
Georgia Taylor Glavin Buster, died in 1940 at the age 
of fifty-six. 

— Opal Buster Jones 
— Julia Randolph 
— Irene Bolander 

Reed L. and Helen Butikofer 

Our roots started in the Lemhi Valley in 1856, 
when Helen Hammond Butikofer's great grandfather, 
Milton Datus Hammond was asked by the Mormon 
Church to leave his farm and family, and serve a 
mission in Lemhi Valley. He was to teach the Indians 
and assist in the settlement of Fort Lemhi. He spent 
the fall and winter at the fort, clearing land and 
planting wheat seed that he brought with him. 

The journey there took from October 1 1 to 
November 4 to travel from Farmington, Utah to Fort 
Lemhi. It was quite an eventful trip by ox team, with 
lame oxen and the other problems that go with 
traveling at that time. 

In the spring of 1857, Milton returned to Utah to 
care for his farm and family. On October 4, 1857, he 
left Farmington again to return to Fort Lemhi 
arriving on October 22. This time he harvested the 
wheat he had planted the previous spring. During the 
winter he cut willows and prepared additional land in 
the area that was called the Upper Fort. He stated in 
his journal that the game was very scarce. They only 
saw a few antelope while traveling back and forth. 
They had several close calls with renegade Indians. 
He left Fort Lemhi on March 27, 1858 to return to 
Utah and his family. His name is on the plaque at 
Fort Lemhi. 

Reed and Helen Butikofer and five children - 
Sharyl age 13, Tamara age 11, Brett age 9, Mitchel 
age 6 and Todd 1 V2 - came to Leadore in April of 
1971, as Reed took over the management of the 
Skelton Ranch. 

We all loved living on the ranch and the life style 
that it provided, by working together as a family. We 
also enjoyed church, outings, and all the many 
special friends that we made while living there. 

Times we remember best as a family are overnight 
pack trips, hunting, calving, branding and caring for 
the livestock. Also the community, church and 
school functions that the whole family would 
participate in. 

In 1973, we purchased the Warner Spencer Ranch 
on Hayden Creek. We raised cattle and milked cows 
until 1977 when we moved to Hermiston, Oregon. 

Sharyl graduated from Leadore High School in 
1975. She married Henry St. Laurent in 1980. Henry 
is an officer in the Navy, stationed at Pearl Harbor, 
Hawaii. They have a little two year old girl, Jessecia, 



and are expecting their second child in June 1991. 

Tamara married Ronald Kiehn in 1985. They live in 
Whitehall, Montana. Ron works at the Golden 
Sunlight Mines and Tamara is a registered nurse 
working in Butte. They have two children, Cortney 
age 4 and Alex age 2. 

Brett married Suzanne Sanders in 1982. They live 
and work at L.C. Livestock Company at Grant, 
Montana and have two children. Shad age 6 and 
Ciara age 2. Suzanne is a legal secretary and works 
in Dillon, Montana. 

Mitchel fulfilled an LDS mission in Brazil and 
graduated from Utah State University. He married 
Leslie Martinez in 1987. Mitchel is an officer in the 
Air Force and is stationed at Boiling Air Force Base 
In Washington D.C. Leslie is an engineer and they 
live in Waldorf, Maryland. 

Todd went to National College in South Dakota 
and received an associates degree in surveying. He 
worked for two years, and has now decided to 
further his education. In October 1991 he will enroll 
at Utah State University. 

Reed and Helen now live in Grant, Montana 
managing the L.C. Livestock Co. 



— Helen Butikofer 



Roberta Dawn Butler 



In 1916 on the 28th day of March a wonderful 
thing happened to Mr. and Mrs. Williams. They had a 
daughter, Roberta Dawn "Bea" Williams born in 
Sawtelle, California, now know as North Los Angeles. 

When grown a few years, her family moved to 
Elko, Nevada where she went to school and grew up. 

In 1931 Bea met LeRoy Schirm and they married. 
Between this union was born four children: Norma 
Jean deceased at age 16, Robert deceased at 6 
months, Sylvia May and Barbara Joan. They lived on 
a farm until divorcing. 

Bea then married Reginald "Rex" Richard Keirnes 
and they moved to Peirce, Idaho, where she became 
the Postmistress. While sorting mail and running the 
post office, she wrote short feature stories for the 
Spokane Tribune and Lewiston Gazette. 

They then moved to Salmon, Idaho in 1950 to 
settle. She went to work for Harold Daly in the J.C. 
Penney store as clerk, then bookkeeper and 
assistant manager. 

When that closed she went to work for James C. 
Pope, as manager of the Double AA Wester Wear 
store. She later bought the store and ran it herself. 
She sold that and ran for County Assessor. After 
loosing the race she went into accounting until 1984 
from which she retired. While accounting she 
became State Director of District 3. She held this 
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Roberta "Bea" Butler 

In the late 60's she took oil painting classes. She 
painted many beautiful mountain and valley paintings 
in 1969, 70 and 71. Many of her paintings gained 
much recognition and notoriety. She studied under 
Lee Parkinson, who is a renowned painter himself of 
Ogden, Utah. 

She married Gerald J. Butler in 1977 after loosing 
her second husband in death in 1974. She did many 
good deeds for people in Salmon. She gave up a 
good life October 21, 1990 when she died from a 
long bout with cancer at the age of seventy-four. 

She was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, 
the Eagles, the Eastern Star, the Elks, 
Intergovernmental Employees Association, the 
Neighbors of Woodcraft, Federal Postal Employees 
Association, Idaho Association of Public Accountants, 
and U.S. Association of Public Accountants. She also 
was a Notary Public for many years of the State of 
Idaho. 

She will be greatly remembered by her family and 
friends. 

— Sylvia Mar low 

George Ed and Fanny Webb Butt 

George "Edward" Butt born 1891 in Wyoming, the 
son of Edward Sr. and Patti Butt. His father was 
born in England and his mother at sea. It's unknown 
if the father ever resided in the county. Patti in 1910 
resided at Junction and had been married to William 
H. Ross for two years. Could this be the Ross buried 
at Gilmore? She married next Jacob H. Lipe residing 
at Leadore before 1923, Jacob died in 1927. 



G. Edward was married on November 24, 1910 in 
Salmon to Fanny Maud Webb. She was born April 17, 
1892 a native of Lemhi County , educated at 
Carmen. Maud was the daughter of Charles H. and 
Eva D. Long Webb. 

G. Edward was employed at the age of nineteen as 
wagon driver. After his marriage sometime he 
became employed for the G & P Railroad, living in 
Leadore and then in Armstedt, Montana. Maud loved 
to dance, but its been said Ed was very jealous of 
her. 

Ed and Maud had three children: Edward III born 
August 5, 1912. Delila born in 1915. Leslie born in 
October of 1916 and died November 1916. 

Maud left Ed with two children ages 8 and 10 
when she died in Butte, Montana on April 6, 1923 
following surgery seven weeks prior. These children 
grew up spending their summers with her parents in 
Salmon. The G & P Railroad sent a special train to 
bring her body and the family to Salmon for burial. 

A few years later, G. Edward married again, two 
babies were born to this second marriage, they are 
buried next to Maud in the Salmon Cemetery. We 
know one died January 14, 1927 the other date is 
unknown or if maybe they were twins? In Delila's 
obituary in 1934 it states that Ed had four children: 
Dorothy, Jane, Henry and Betty, some of these may 
have been stepchildren. Ed was residing in Tacoma, 
Washington at that time. It also states the 
grandparents as the Webbs and Mr. and Mrs. H. B. 
Hiderick. Were these step-grandparents or did Patti 
remarry? 




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G. Edward visited Harvey Lipe just once after 
Delila's death and this is the last knowledge we have 
of him. 

Edward III first married Rose Rubick, daughter of 
Mrs. Mike Peters of Washington. Later he married 
Ada, who had two daughters. Edward III was killed in 
a hunting accident about 1940 at Whitehall, 
Montana. 

Delila born in 1915 in Salmon. She had a great 
sense of humor, especially about her last name. In 
1932 she married Tony Rubick son of Mrs. Mike 
Peters. They lived in Butte, Montana. Delila died in 
childbirth December 3, 1934. Both she and the babe 
are buried together in the Salmon Cemetery. 

There was an old fellow living near Leadore named 
Albert G. Butts who died October 31, 1928 and is 
buried in the Salmon Cemetery. Also there is a Butts 
Point or Lookout and Creek down river at the end of 
the road near the Salmon River Lodge. The lookout 
was built during the C. C.'s days and an airstrip was 
constructed. They hoped to fight forest fires by 
plane, but the planes were too small at that altitude 
to lift with a load. Whether these are any connection 
of the above Ed Butt is not know. 

— Wilma Williams 
Clenden and Ethel Harper Bybee 

Clenden T. Bybee was born September 24, 1912 
in Ucon, Idaho and Ethel Harper was born November 
24, 1915 in Rupert, Idaho. They were married in 
Anaconda, Montana on February 9, 1934. They are 
the parents of six children: Elaine Worley, Jim L., 
Vernon, Marie B. Jacobson, Gary L. and Lori 
Armstrong. They have eighteen grandchildren and 
twenty great-grandchildren. 

Clenden's grandfather, Robert Lee Bybee, came to 
Lemhi County in 1858 with Lt. Henderson to rescue 
the Mormons at Fort Lemhi. In 1864, he returned to 
Salmon with six loads of wheat to trade to the 
Indians for the horses they had taken from the 
Mormon pioneers. 

Clenden spent forty years working for the U. P. 
Railroad as a conductor. The family lived in Lima, 
Montana and then moved to Pocatello, Idaho where 
they lived until Clenden's retirement in 1974. 

Clenden and Ethel purchased five acres up Spring 
Creek, where they remodeled the cabin and planned 
to retire when their children were all graduated from 
school. After they purchased the land and had paid 
for it, they discovered that it was government lease 
land and that they could only live there twelve years. 

They loved the Salmon River Valley and the warm 
friendly, helpful people that they met. They loved 
their Spring Creek home and worked hard to make it 
a place of beauty. Clenden and Ethel planted flowers 
of many varieties, vegetables, berries and fruit trees. 




Ethel and Clenden Bybee 



Spring Creek was a favorite place for friends and 
relatives to come and vacation, picnic, hike, swim or 
just for a friendly visit. What a place!!! Friends came 
from many states to enjoy their company and good 
food and wholesome recreation. John and Patty 
Hulihan were frequent visitors, as well as Don and 
Edna Olsen. 

The big family reunions were outstanding with 
sixty to sixty- five attending each of the twelve 
years. They came with trailer houses, tents, motor 
homes or whatever they had. 

The twelve years went fast and it was time to 
renew the Forest Service lease, but they would not 
renew it. The Bybees had to move. They moved two 
rooms on to a piece of land which they purchased 
up Freeman Creek. Friends came with equipment, 
trucks, and shovels and helped them establish a new 
home. They covered up an acre of rocks, moved in a 
modular home and their cabin to start over up 
Freeman Creek. 

Once again they adorned their surroundings with 
flowers, trees, lawn, and garden. Friends and family 
still congregated there for fun times. 

Clenden and Ethel served in many callings in their 
church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day 
Saints. It blessed their lives in many ways and their 
hearts were filled with charity toward all. They love 
their friends and neighbors. 

Clenden soon became the "garden specialist" of 
Salmon. He had a talk show on the radio. Dale 
Smith, radio owner and manager, asked Clenden if 
he would do this for the community. For many years 
people would call and ask questions about gardening 
and he would help then with their problems. The 
phone started ringing and he is still working hard, 
making many yards in Salmon places of beauty. 

— Ethel and Clenden Bybee 



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Asa Kenneth Call 

Asa Kenneth Call was born on July 20, 1903 in 
Chesterfield, Idaho. He was the second child of 
William Asa and Annie Marie Margaret Detton Call. 
His older brother William died in infancy in March, 
1899. Another brother Clarence died in November, 
1970. Kenneth, as he was called, also had two 
sisters; Annie who died in March, 1934, and Sarah, 
who is still living in Ashton, Idaho. 

Kenneth's early years were spent on the open 
range, where his principle contacts were cowboys, 
so it was perfectly natural for him to be able to 
swing a rope by the time he was six years old. His 
mother died shortly after he turned sixteen, leaving 
him the eldest of four children. After helping his 
father for a few years, his interests shifted to the 
Lemhi Country, where two of his friends had 
acquired some holdings. His mother's brother, Bob 
Detton, lived in the area and he spent some time 
with him. Because of his early training, this was work 
he enjoyed and country he loved. He spent the 
remainder of his life in the area of Salmon, where he 
met and later married Dorothy Stevens in April of 
1928. It happened rather suddenly, the particulars 
not known, except that they quietly slipped away 
and drove to Challis to be secretly married. They 
came back to Salmon, Dorothy going home where 
she finished the school term, and Kenneth going 
back to his job in the forest. 




Asa Kenneth 



To this union five children were born: William, 
Calvin, Margaret Ann, Dave and Loren. William (Bill) 
married Georgene (Genie) Seaton and they had 
three children; William (Kim), Lynn and Ann Call. 
Calvin married Arline Mills and they have four 



children; Kenneth (KC), Darryl, Lori, and Brenda 
Call. Margaret married Frank Rytlewski and they 
have three children; Barbara, Francis (Leon), and 
Carol Anne Rytlewski. Dave married Kathleen 
Kempainen and they have three children; Brett, 
Scott and Jennifer Call. Loren married Ruth 
Copeland and they have three children; Dorothy 
(Margene), Randall and Sabrina Call. 

Dorothy Stevens Call passed away in December 
1937 leaving Kenneth with five small children. A 
short time later he married Gladys Webb and they 
had one child, Janice Faye. Janice married Sam 
Warren and they had one child, David. Gladys and 
Kenneth agreed to disagree and were divorced. 
Some time later he married another woman who 
proved incompatible and they separated. 

During these years he worked for a time with the 
C.C.C. and then the Forest Service. When he retired 
he was working as a Fire Dispatcher for the Salmon 
National Forest. When Kenneth's children were 
grown and gone, he married Orma Barrett Crumley 
in July of 1953. 

Kenneth had a knack of getting along with people, 
even getting them to do things his way and making 
them like it. His schooling was rather limited, but he 
had an analytical mind and his judgement was 
frequently reliable. He was a person you never 
forgot. If you knew him you always knew him, not 
because of what he said or how he said it but 
because of what he did and how he did it. 

Not long after his marriage to Orma, Kenneth 
began having trouble with his right leg. After several 
trips to Idaho Falls, Seattle, Boise and Salmon 
hospitals, he finally went to the Mayo Clinic, where 
he had his leg amputated at the pelvis. This only 
gave him temporary relief and in a short time 
cancerous growths began to appear in other parts of 
his body and after a lingering illness he quietly 
passed away on December 15, 1960, in the Steele 
Memorial Hospital. 

—Kathleen Call 



Dave and Kathleen Kempainen Call 

Dave Stanley Call was born on September 9, 1935 
at Salmon, Idaho. He is the fourth of five children 
born to William Kenneth and Dorothy Stevens. His 
older brother William (Bill) passed away on June 7, 
1979. His brothers Calvin, Loren and his sister 
Margaret Ann are still living. Dave's earliest 
memories were on Pine Creek, located one mile 
west of Shoup, Idaho, on the Salmon River. He 
started school in Shoup in 1941 in a one room log 
school house. The school had a curtain dividing the 
room, with high school on one side and the grade 
school on the other. The teachers were a husband 



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Dave Call 

and wife team, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cope. After war 
was declared in 1941, the family moved to Salmon, 
where Dave finished the first grade at the Lincoln 
School. 

In March of 1953, at the age of seventeen, he and 
two friends travelled to Idaho Falls, where they 
enlisted in the U. S. Army signing up for Airborne 
and hoping to go to Korea. Three weeks before 
finishing Basic Training the Korean Cease Fire was 
declared. He finished Jump School at Fort Benning, 
Georgia while still seventeen years old. 

In March of 1956 he was released from active 
duty and returned to Salmon. He worked at the 
Blackbird Mine for a short time. Then during the 
summer he was a smoke chaser for the Forest 
Service. In the fall of 1956 he started working for his 
brother Bill at the Valley Service Station and worked 
there until December or 1957, when he went to 
work for the City of Salmon as a police officer. This 
was the beginning of his law enforcement career. 

Dave and Kathleen Judith Kempainen, of Detroit, 
Michigan, were married in March of 1959. The first 
of their three children, Brett Allan Call, married Lisa 
Jones of Malta, Idaho. They have one daughter, 
Steffanie and are living in Athens, Ohio, where Brett 
is attending Medical School. Scott married Katherine 
Shields of Salmon and they have one son Nicholas. 



They live in Pocatello, Idaho where Scott is 
attending Idaho State University. Jennifer is single 
and living and working in California. 

In July of 1959, Dave accepted a job with the City 
of Los Angeles as a police office. During his twenty 
years on the Department he worked a variety of 
issignments. Some of the most notable were the 
Baldwin Hills flood in 1963, the Watts Riot in 1965, 
the Hippie Movement of the 1960's, President 
Johnson's visit to Century City in 1968, the Sylmar 
Earthquake in 1972 and several Rock Concerts. 

Dave retired as a Sergeant in August of 1979, and 
the family moved back to Salmon. He began building 
our log home and worked many jobs to keep active. 
He worked for the Fish and Game, drove school bus 
on a regular route and finally drove the school 
activities bus all over the state. At this time he was 
approached by many community leaders to run for 
Lemhi County Sheriff. He agreed and ran in the 
1984 election and was defeated by the incumbent. 
He again ran in 1988 and was successful. 

In the years since returning to Salmon he has 
been very active in the community as a member of 
the Salmon Search and Rescue, American Legion, 
Civil Defense, American Red Cross, Elks, Masonic 
Lodge, Eastern Star, Scottish Rite, Shrine and a 
member of the Steele Memorial Hospital Board. 

Now Dave is enjoying his job as Sheriff and spends 
his free time camping, fishing and doing all the 
activities available to those lucky enough to be living 
in Lemhi County. 



—Kathleen Call 



William Kenneth Call 



Born on March 5, 1930, in Salmon, Idaho, he was 
the first born of the five children of Asa Kenneth Call 
and Dorothy Stevens. There were three more boys, 
Calvin, David, and Loren, plus one sister, Margaret. 
His mother died when he was eight years old and his 
sister went to live with Aunt Erma Winston in Butte, 
Montana. The boys stayed with different friends and 
relatives until his father married Gladys Webb in 
1939. They all moved to Shoup, Idaho, where his 
Dad worked for the Forest Service and the C.C.C. 
(Civilian Conservation Corps). 

Bill went to school in Shoup and one of his fond 
memories was that when recess was about to end, 
someone would knock the only ball into the river. So 
they all had to chase it until it could be retrieved 
and brought back. He was a good student and was 
allowed to skip a grade. When they lived at the 
mouth of Pine Creek, going to school or running 
errands was by the back trail and across the Shoup 
pack bridge. In the summer Bill and his friend Bob 
would mine and sell, probably dirt, to one of the 
mine owners around Shoup. Gladys and his Dad had 



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a daughter, Janice. They moved to Salmon while his 
Dad was still working for the Forest Service. Later 
Bill's father was divorced from Gladys and married 
another woman, then divorced and married again. 

Bill was on his own by the time he was fourteen 
years old. He worked at many different jobs, and 
when I met him he was working for Lloyd Pyeatt and 
Standard Oil Company, driving truck and delivering 
fuel to the new Cobalt mine at Blackbird. He would 
drive over Williams Creek Summit when roads were 
passable and down the river and up Panther Creek 
in the winter. 

On February 14, 1951, Bill and I, Georgene 
Seaton, were married and four days later he was 
inducted into the Army. This was the beginning of 
the Korean War. We lived for about a year in Port 
Townsend, Washington and he was stationed at Fort 
Worden. He went to Leadership Training in Camp 
Roberts, California to become a Sergeant before 
going overseas to France. His outfit ran Landing 
Craft boats for the Army. Bill was discharged from 
the Army at Fort Collins, Colorado, after two years 
of service. 

Our first son, William Kim Call, was born on May 2, 
1952 and was killed when he was twenty-three years 
old. Our second son, Lynn J. Call, was born on 
March 25, 1956 and is a professional Civil Engineer. 
One daughter, Ann Marie was born on June 7, 1963. 
She is presently a student at Idaho State University 
in Pocatello, Idaho. 

After leaving the Army, Bill worked as a car 
salesman, parts man, and later managed the 




Chevron Service Station, on Main and Terrace 
Streets, for Sam Weber. He bought Fred Rose's 
trucking permit #24 and the trucks. This permit 
gave authority to haul general commodities 
statewide. He later added heavy equipment and bulk 
cement to this. Trucking was Bill's life and, as they 
say, he had diesel in his veins; King of the Road. 

We bought the Raymond house on Shoup and 
Lillian streets from Bea Keirnes, but there wasn't 
enough room for the trucks. So we got land at 
Carmen and built a shop for them. We also bought 
the Carmen Store and Post Office in 1972, and I 
became Postmaster. 

Bill died on Ann's sixteenth birthday, from a rare 
blood disorder which clots the blood. 



— Genie Seaton Call Quinn 



William Kim Call 



William K. Call 



Kim was born May 2, 1952 to William Kenneth and 
Georgene Seaton Call, at Steele Memorial Hospital in 
Salmon, Idaho. Bill was overseas and I lived with my 
parents, George and Laura Seaton at Carmen, Idaho, 
for the first eleven months of his life. Bill had only 
been home a couple of weeks when Kim pulled a 
deepfryer, full of hot grease, over on himself. He was 
burned over forty percent of his body, and we spent 
a week not knowing if he would live. He recovered 
very well, except for the scars on his chest, stomach 
and arms. We moved to Salmon, living on North St. 
Charles Street, where his brother Lynn J. Call was 
born on March 25, 1956. Kim was proud of his "boy 
brother" and told everyone he met. We moved to 
the Shanafelt house off Lillian Street. 

Kim started grade school, and when walking to 
school, it would take him a half hour to get out of 
sight. He always had to pet the neighbors cat, make 
sure everyone's yard gate was closed and check out 
various things along the way. Then he met Paul 
Smith, who lived across Main Street. He then had to 
hurry to meet Paul and go the rest of the way to 
school. Paul's grandmother, Mrs. Collins, said that 
Paul quit taking so much time eating breakfast 
because he had to be ready for Kim. So it worked 
out well for all of us. 

Kim joined the Cub Scouts with Margaret Benedict 
as his Den Mother and they had a special friendship 
the rest of Kim's life. When Kim and Lynn were in 
the Elk's Scout Troop, his uncle, Loren Call, was 
Scout Master and they attended the Scout Camp at 
Alta, Wyoming. There, the main item of business was 
who could catch the most horseflies. Kim's favorite 
sister, Ann Marie, was born on June 7, 1963, when 
he was eleven. She started school while we lived at 
Shanafelt's and Kim would walk her to school, so 
they could watch out for dogs. 



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William Kim Call 

In Kim's senior year at Salmon High School, Coach 
Dean Stokes asked him to be the manager of the 
basketball team. This meant that he was a "Go for 
It", really. "Go for the towels, bring the water, wash 
the towels", but he enjoyed it because it put him 
where the action was. Salmon had a winning team 
that year, so it was exciting. He also worked for 
Andy Hagel's Taxidermy while going to school. 

Kim attended Idaho State College at Pocatello, 
where he majored in pharmacy. The Pocatello air 
caused allergies, and not really wanting pharmacy, 
during the third year he joined the National Guard 
and worked for the Forest Serivce Helatack Crew, 
instead of returning to college. He attended the 
Diesel School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, for 
the National Guard. There were seven hundred fifty 
men from all over the United States and Kim 
graduated first in his class. I was very proud of him. 

Kim became engaged to Diane White, daughter of 
Art White, and they were to be married when she 
finished school. He also planned, after his next 
promotion, to be in the Active National Guard and be 
eligible to teach at Fort Leonard Wood. He owned a 
Yamaha motorcycle that he was very proud of and 
liked to ride. Then he bought a used Ford pickup, 
fixing a camper shell on the back. Life was really 
going his way. 

On August 12, 1975, his pickup was low on gas 
and so he took his motorcycle to work, up Carmen 



Creek. On the way home, a four wheel drive pickup, 
on the wrong side of the road, killed him. The 
saddest day of my life. 

— Genie Seaton Call Quinn 
Lewis Warren and Norma Ivie Campbell 

We moved to Salmon, Idaho on March 3, 1978. 
We thought we had come to the "Banana Belt" of 
Idaho, but we were proved wrong that winter and in 
early 1979. The water pipes and the sewer pipes 
froze up for three months in some places in town. 
We were lucky, we only had ten days of frozen lines. 
We decided it was as normal here as some of the 
other places we had lived. But wait, I'm getting 
ahead of myself. 

Lewis Warren Campbell was born at Mackay, Idaho 
on February 22, 1926, in his grandmother's little log 
home. His parents were Archable Donald Campbell 
and Eva Mae Ovard. They lived in Mackay for ten 
years, then moved to Jerome, Idaho and eventually 
to Ely, Nevada. They returned to Mackay in 1940, 
where they operated a garage. 

Lew completed high school in Mackay and enlisted 
in the U. S. Navy in 1944, near the end of World War 
II. He served in the Pacific-Asiatic Theater. He was 
honorably discharged at San Pedro, California on 
May 30, 1946. He stayed in California and worked 
for a few months and then returned to Mackay to 
help his father as a mechanic at Lost River Motor 
Company. 

It was here that he and I, Norma Deane Ivie, met 
and were married on November 25, 1949. My 
parents were Lyie E. Ivie and Bula Frandsen, and I 
was born April 13, 1932 at Chilly, Idaho. The Ivies 
owned and operated a small gas station, grocery 
store and post office on the banks of Big Lost River 
until 1940 when they moved to Mackay. I graduated 
from Mackay High School in 1949. 

We had two sons. Scott Lewis was born 
September 2, 1951 at the Challis Hospital and Gary 
Layne was born May 11, 1955 at the Bingham 
Memorial Hospital at Blackfoot. Those were two very 
exciting trips, as we had a doctor then, but no 
hospital, so one had to go "out" to have babies or 
surgery. 

Lew started to work with the U. S. Forest Service 
in March of 1956. In 1961 we moved to Logan, 
Utah, where he enrolled in the College of Forest, 
Range and Wildlife at Utah State University. I went 
to work, full time, in the Office of Admissions and 
Records. Scott was in the fifth grade and Gary was 
in the first grade. All went well and Lew graduated 
on June 6, 1965 with his B.S. Degree in Range 
Management. 

We were transferred to Randolph, Utah, where 
Lew was the Assistant District Ranger. Eighteen 



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Lewis W. Campbell and Norma Ivie Campbell 
Wedding Day - November 25, 1949 



months later he became the District Ranger, so our 
four hard years at Utah State University paid off. 

On May 30, 1970 Lew was transferred to Rock 
Springs, Wyoming, where his district encompassed 
the Jim Bridger Wilderness. He had as especially 
wonderful time seeing and managing this magnificent 
part of the world. We all enjoyed Rock Springs and 
its diversified culture and people from many nations, 
brought there by the mining industry. 

We were then transferred to Mountain City, 
Nevada on November 20, 1972. This was a ranching 
community and our son Gary went to school on the 
Duck Valley Indian Reservation. After almost six 
years, we were transferred to Salmon, where Lew 
became the Branch Chief of the Department of 
Range, Wildlife and Watershed in the Supervisors 
Office of the Salmon National Forest. In 1981 he had 
an opportunity to work on the wilderness planning 
team, to put together the Frank Church River of No 
Return Wilderness Plan. He decided to take this 
opportunity to finish out his career. Lew retired from 
the U. S. Forest Service on March 3, 1984 and we 
plan to remain in Salmon because we love it here. 



— Norma D. Campblell 



AUGUST MATT, 

Boot and Shoe Store, 

ALL SIZES «c ALL I'RiCES. 
Mai» St. SfiLVon City Idaho. 



James D. and Anna Rose Canady 



James D. Canady began his life as the first white 
child born in Old Fort Benton. Lemhi Herald January 
31,1907. 

The year was 1857. His mother, a woman from St. 
Louis, died when he was born and his father, a 
Frenchman named Giroux, followed two years later. 
As a tiny lad, James was adopted by an Indian 
woman, the wife of Jeremiah "Liver Eatin'" Johnson, 
who is well remembered in early Montana history. 
James was raised knowing the Sioux language. He 
later learned to speak French and a bit of English. 
When he married at the age of twenty-five his wife 
taught him to read and write English. She died 
young. 

James career was a colorful one. At age thirteen 
he began fighting in Indian wars and earned the 
name Pah-he-hus-ka Wa- ka-se-cha, which means 
Long Haired Devil. He retained this name until the 
government gave him the name James D. Canady. 
James grew to be a man before he knew his father's 
real name. He served as a scout, messenger, and 
interpreter under Generals Stanley, Custer, Howard, 
Miles and Wheelington. He proved to be trustworthy 
and brave, and but for a quirk of fate, would have 
been massacred with General Custer. Fortunately, 
he was on messenger duty at the time of that fateful 
raid. 

As a result of all the campaigns he had been in, 
James had many scars: seven bullet wounds, five 
arrow shots, and a fearful scar on his forehead from 
a tomahawk blow. He lay unconscious for twenty- 
one days with a fractured skull, suffering from brain 
fever, and close to death from this last wound. As a 
result, his hair turned prematurely gray. 

It was at this point that James, at the age of fifty, 
showed up in Salmon City and opened the night 
restaurant in the Nashold's Hotel. This must have 
been entirely foreign to this scout and Indian fighter. 
And to top it off James took the big leap and got 
married again! 

Little is known of Mrs. Anna Rose, the lass who 
won James' affection. It is known that she was 
somehow related to the William A. Rose family who 
had settled up the Lemhi River near Baker. 

An introduction to the Roses will begin here. 

In December of 1881 George W. Rose purchased 
mining claims "in the Lemhi mining district and 
about three miles east of the Willow Creek Stage 
Station on the Salmon City Stage road". (From 
Claim Records Books, Lemhi County Courthouse, 
Salmon, Idaho.) In February of 1882 he purchased 
more claims. Soon more Roses followed George. 
There were his brothers; William A. Rose, Henry 
Rose, and Pleasant Rose. In May of 1899 Pleasant 
Rose and James G. England were partners in a land 



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agreement with Isaiah Bohannon. This concerned 
placer claims in the Blackbird Mining District. (From 
Claims Records Books, Lemhi County Courthouse.) 

Accompanying the brothers to this new, raw land 
was Wiley J. Rose, the son of Henry and also Walter 
Rose, the son of Pleasant. Pleasant Rose was a 
widower, as was Henry, the elder brother, in all 
likelihood. 

Their beginnings were in Illinois, where they still 
had two more brothers, Elbert and Charles, and two 
sisters, Mrs. Addie Coker and Mrs. Kate Thomas. 

By 1900, William A. Rose, his wife and children, 
Carrie, George, William, and Maud, were ranching at 
Baker; William J. Rose had located up Boyle Creek; 
and Pleasant, Henry and Wiley were tending their 
claims on Deer Creek near Leesburg. 

It was at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Bowen, 
with W. J. Rose as a witness, that Anna Rose was 
quietly wed to the outdoorsman, James Canady. 
Justice of the Peace Z. B. Arbogast performed the 
ceremony. 

There is not much more to add about these 
colorful pioneers who helped settle this land. It 




"Some of the oldest men in Lemhi County" - 1908. BACK: Wylie 
Rose and Pleasant Rose SEATED: Henry Rose and Mr. Hornback. 
(Photo courtesy of Lemhi County Historical Museum.) 



seems by 1910 most had moved on, possibly to 
greener pastures, but some stayed on to rest 
beneath Lemhi skies. Pleasant T. Rose was the first 
to go. He was sixty-four when he died on December 
10. 1914. Then Wiley passed away on October 22, 
1919. William A. Rose followed in November of 1921 
leaving his wife, of California, and children: William 
and Madeline, both of Spokane, and Mrs. Irven 
(Esther) Offutt. 

— Julia I. Randolph 



William James and Bessie Moore Cannon 

The antecedents of the pioneer Cannon family of 
Lemhi County were Irish immigrants, William and 
Sara Gleason Cannon, from the northwestern area of 
Ireland. William Cannon was a stonemason and one 
of a large group of masons who were brought to the 
United States by the Catholic Church for the 
construction of the cathedral of St. Peter and St. 
Paul in Philadelphia. Accompanying them to America 
were their three children, William, Ann, and John. A 
fourth child, Henry, was born after their arrival in 
the United States on January 12, 1856. These 
children were orphaned by the deaths of their 
parents during the influenza epidemic of that era. 

The children were placed in a Catholic orphanage 
in Pennsylvania, and at about the age of eight years, 
Henry, the progenitor of the pioneer Lemhi County 
family, ran away. He worked as a horse handler on 
the Erie Canal, and various coal mines, and finally 
came to Gibbonsville during the gold rush of 1880, 
where he married Mary Esther Donovan Johnson on 
March 25, 1883. 

Miss Johnson was born October 11, 1861 in Bath,, 
Illinois. She and her brother. John Donovan, were 
also left orphaned while very young. She went to 
work as a maid for a family that later moved to 
Gibbonsville. It was there that she and Henry 
Cannon met and were married in 1883. Five children 
were born to this union. They were William James, 
born March 15, 1884; Harry I., born December 19, 
1885; Clara, born October 29, 1887; Frank D., born 
July 18, 1890; and Ruth, born October 28, 1892. 

Mrs. Cannon (Mary Esther) developed Leukemia in 
about 1903. She went to St. Louis for treatment. 
While there she stayed with her husband's brother, 
Will, and his family. A short time after her arrival in 
St. Louis, her daughter Ruth, died of Diphtheria in 
Gibbonsville. She returned home for the funeral and 
a short time later her older daughter Clara, who was 
attending Dillon Normal School, had an attack of 
appendicitis and died in Salt Lake City, where Mrs. 
Cannon had taken her for treatment. She returned 
to Gibbonsville for the funeral of Clara and a few 
short months later, she succumbed to the Leukemia. 



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In less than an year the three Cannon women had 
died and were buried in the Gibbonsville cemetery. 
Henry continued to live and work in and around 
Gibbonsville until his retirement and death in 1926. 




Frank C. Cannon, John D. (Jack) Cannon, William J. Cannon Sr., 
Frisell, Russell E. Cannon, Joseph H. Cannon and William J. 
Cannon Jr. 



Their son, William James Cannon Senior, was the 
father of the second generation of Lemhi County 
Cannons. He was working at Ulysses when he met 
Bessie Moore. Bessie was visiting her sister, Lora 
Cockrell, at the Hughes Creek Ranger Station where 
her husband, Ora Cockrell, was the ranger. William 
and Bessie were married June 7, 1916 in Salmon, 
and the first of their six sons, William James Cannon 
Jr. was born March 6, 1917 in Salmon. 

In April of 1918 the family moved to Big Timber 
Creek, west of Leadore, to begin proving up on a 
homestead, which consisted of an unfenced quarter 
section and a small log house where they lived for 
the next four summers. They moved away in the 
winters to earn money, and then came back in the 
summers to prove up on the homestead. 

Five more sons were born the this union: Richard, 
born and died in 1919; Joseph H., born 1920; John 
D., born 1922; Frank C, born 1923; and Russell E., 
1929 - 1981. 

The Cannons lived for several years at Gilmore, 
where William was involved with the mining industry 
until the depression hit in 1929, and all of the mines 
closed. They moved to Leadore for that school year, 
and until all of the boys, except Russell, had been 
graduated from high school, the family lived on the 
homestead on Big Timber Creek during the 
summers, and in Salmon during the school year. 
During those years, and subsequently until his 
retirement, William (Bill Sr.) worked at various mines 
and then for the Forest Service, the Taylor Grazing 



Commission, and for the B.L.M. 

About the middle 1940's the Cannons bought the 
old Dewis Hotel at Baker. They didn't run it as a 
hotel, but had quite an orchard. Bill Sr. was working 
for the B.L.M. at this time. While working in the 
mines he developed Silicosis and it gradually became 
worse until he died in 1957. 

Bessie continued living at Baker until about 1960 
when she moved to Salmon. She had a gift for living, 
thoroughly enjoying the Senior Citizens dinners, both 
in Salmon and at Lemhi, and also card parties. She 
loved horse back riding and loved riding in the 
parades. Though in poor health, she is now ninety- 
seven years old. 

—Bill & Billie Cannon 




Bessie Cannon and her five sons. 

William James and Billie Furey Cannon 

William James Cannon Jr. was born in Salmon, 
Idaho on March 6, 1917, to William J. Cannon Sr. 
and Bessie Moore. The family was increased by five 
more brothers. The family lived in many places; 
Ulysses, Gibbonsville, Gilmore, Leadore, Butte, 
Montana and Salmon. Most of Bill's grade school 
years were spent in Gilmore. Their summers were 
spent at the homestead in Swan Basin on Timber 
Creek. 

In 1929 the Depression hit. The mines closed and 
the family moved to Leadore where Bill attended the 
eighth grade. The next year they moved to Salmon, 
still spending summers in Swan Basin. During high 
school, Bill worked at the Saveway Store. He then 
went to work for T. R. Benedict on the truck line. He 
attended Idaho State University for two years and 
worked in Benedict's Pocatello office. 

The summer of 1936 he spent on the Forest 
Service Short Creek Lookout, on the west side of 
the Middle Fork near the Crandall Ranch, which is 
now Harrah's Flying B. In the fall he was back in 



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Salmon again working for T. R. until 1939 when he 
started working at the Home Lumber Company. 

Bill and Billie Furey were married on July 6, 1941 
at the Furey Ranch in the Pahsimeroi. 

Helen Grace (Billie) Furey was born on the Lizard 
Ranch near Leslie on November 17, 1915. She grew 
up in Lost River Valley and Mackay until she 
attended high school in Pocatello. While in Pocatello 
she studied violin with Llewellyn Roubidoux. After a 
year in Pahsimeroi, she went two years to University 
of California at Los Angeles with a Music Major. Then 
a year at University of Idaho, Southern Branch in 
Pocatello, getting an Elementary Teacher's 
Certificate. 

Two years were spent teaching in a one room 
school at Ellis. She would walk through the Burstedt 
field to school, start the fire, sweep the floor, teach 
the children, play with them at recess and noon and 
take care of bruises and fights. The children either 
walked or rode horseback to school. Three of the 
children, one a first grade girl, lived on the Salmon 
River and they walked seven miles through the 
mountains to Ellis. The only time they missed was 
the week it was forty-five degrees below zero. 




Billie Furey Cannon & William J. (Bill) Cannon 

A summer session at U.C.L.A. was attended before 
teaching first grade in Salmon. In 1939-1940 she 
attended the University of Idaho at Moscow and 
then Billie returned to Salmon. The depression was 
nearing an end, but married teachers were not 
allowed to teach in Salmon, therefore, she taught 
another one room school at Sandy Creek. Rules 
relaxed and she went back to the Salmon schools. 

In 1943 William (Bill) Cannon was off to World War 
II at Camp Shelby in Mississippi, Officers training and 
Europe. Billie continued teaching until 1946 when Bill 
returned from the Army. 



The Cannons had four children: Patricia, born in 
1942, received a Masters Degree in Flute 
Performance from the University of Idaho; William 
James III, born in 1946, attended the U. S. Naval 
Academy at Annapolis with a fifth year at Pensacola, 
becoming a pilot; Richard Sherman, born in 1949, 
attended University of Idaho and Idaho State 
University; Kelly Kathleen, born 1952, attended 
University of Idaho earning a B.S. in Recreation. 

After not teaching for ten years, a need for a 
music teacher in Salmon took Billie back to school. 
With a need for a degree, Billie, with Patricia, Dick 
and Kelly headed for University of Idaho for eight 
weeks of summer school, getting a B.S. degree with 
Majors in Music and English. She went back to 
teaching Grade School and Junior High Music and 
High School Chorus. Highlights were many Grade 
School and Junior High programs. In High School, 
Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. The Mikado, Pinafore 
and the Gondoliers and several performances of the 
Messiah were given plus many other programs. 
Many regional and state superior awards were won. 
Many students performed in state and regional 
meetings. 

The Cannons bought the Home Lumber Yard in 
1970 and continued there until 1987 when they 
closed due to Bill's health. Through the years Bill 
was on the City Council and was Mayor for 
seventeen years. He was Worshipful Master of Blue 
Lodge #11, A.F & A.M., and Grand High Priest of the 
Royal Arch Masons of Idaho. Billie was Worthy 
Matron of Eastern Star, President of P.E.O. and 
attended Supreme Convention in Columbus, Ohio. 
The Episcopal Church is an important part of her 
life. Skiing was a wonderful pass time for the whole 
Cannon family. 

— Billie Cannon 



Martin Ryman and Almira Nelson Capps 

I, Martin Capps, came to Salmon in the late 
thirties with my parents, Robert Oscar Capps and 
Edith Ryman Capps. I was born at Blackfoot, Idaho 
on July 22, 1921 and the family later moved to 
Aberdeen, Idaho, where I graduated from Aberdeen 
High School. I also attended two years at Idaho 
State University. I spent my summers working with 
the ranch hands at the Lake Creek Ranch, and 
drove a sight seeing bus one season in Yellowstone 
Park. 

Fern Almira Nelson was born April 10, 1921 at 
Baker North Dakota, to Nels and Berta Nelson. 
Almira's ambition was to be a teacher, and she 
graduated from Baker High School where she was 
active in sports and 4-H. Her mother told stories of 
her childhood in Salmon, and Zane Grey's books 
helped Almira's decision to see Salmon, Idaho. She 



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worked for her Uncles at Lake Creek and we met 
there. Almira returned to Jamestown College to 
persue her education for a teaching career and then 
returned to Salmon to teach. 

We were married on June 15, 1944 at Salmon. 
Four children were born: Vicki (Mrs. Carl Pence), 
Randy, Judy (Mrs. Jerry Scholten), Cammie (Mrs. 
John Nebeker). All rode horeses at an early age and 
were active in 4-H. They were licensed guides when 
old enough and helped with all the activities. The 
guests all enjoyed their friendship. When Cammie 
was five, a hunter paid his bill of a thousand dollars 
to her, in cash. It took us several days to convince 
her that she had to share that money with the 
family. 




The Martin Capps Family 



Our business career started on a ranch at 
Blackfoot, Idaho, and Almira taught school there. 
The call of the mountains brought us back to 
Salmon, where we operated a grocery store on Main 
Street for nine years. Mines in the area closed and 
we went into full time Outfitting as Happy Hollow 
Camps. Almira taught in Salmon schools, was active 
in 4-H, and Anna Rebekah Lodge. I initiated the 
organization of the Salmon River Sheriff's Posse and 
served as State Secretary. We had the State 
competition here for the riding clubs of the State. 
The Posse's main project was raising funds for 
construction of Steele Memorial Hospital. We revived 
the Lemhi County Fair. I was a member of Rotary 
and the Salmon Chamber of Commerce for forty 
years, served as president of Salmon Sportsmen, 
served for four years on the Idaho Outfitters License 
Board, and was president of the Idaho Outfitters 
Association for two years. Our family and crew 
operated Happy Hollow Camps, while I managed the 
Mackay Bar Resort in the Primitive Area for two 
years. Two resorts and four ranches were in this 
operation and it took four jet boats, eighty head of 



horses, three airplanes, and various trucks and 
vehicles to handle the guests and freight. This was 
quite an education! 

Back to our own ourfitting: many stories could be 
told of our guests from all over the world. Sir 
Edmund Hillary was on our float trip on the 
Middlefork during high water. Plenty of excitement! 
A float trip ahead of us ran into disaster that took 
the lives of several guests. One trip behind us lost a 
passenger. 

We are still operating Happy Hollow with river 
trips, hunting, fishing and trail rides. Three ranches 
are in the 1991 business. 

Living by the river, with mountains in the 
background, each day brings scenery and activity to 
the cabin that is our home. Ten grandchildren add to 
the rewards. Corey, Shelly Pence, Micki, Neal Capps, 
Danielle, Melissa Scholten and Amber, Wyatt, Nancy 
and Will Nebeker. 1991. 

— Martin Capps 

Randy and Katherine Broich Capps 

Randy Capps was born on March 12, 1947 to 
Martin and Almira Capps at Salmon, Idaho. He 
graduated from Salmon High School with the class 
of 1965 and then attended the University of Idaho 
and Boise State College, where he was president of 
the Rodeo Club. 







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Myra, Martin, Edith, Oscar, Gilbert, Sam. Esther, Helen, Royden, and Lulu Capps 



On June 5, 1971, Randy and Katherine Broich 
were married at Emmett, Idaho. Kathy's parents 
were Lyie and Lucile Broich. After finishing college, 
Randy and Kathy moved to Salmon and Kathy 
worked for Idaho Power Company and enjoyed 
bowling and golfing. 

Randy was leading pack strings at the age of seven 
and had many exciting experiences on the trail and 
on the river. He was really impressed at that age, by 
a group of Dentists they packed into the high lakes. 
They had a special Pink Champagne for campfire 
social that had to be packed very carefully. One trip 
found several bottles left over, and packing up, they 
poured one bottle into the stream, explaining to 
Randy that they could have a drink of Champagne 
out of the stream all the way down the valley. 

Randy took responsibility early in life, being in 
charge of hunting and river trips and he did his 
share on the ranches. 

1991 finds him operating three ranches. Sales of 
top soil, shale and a fire starter product, add to a 
busy schedule. Micki Ann was born on March 9, 
1973 and Neal Edward on March 1, 1978. Both are 
active in basketball and 4-H. Randy is a 4-H leader, 
member of the Leaders Club, and Secretary for 
Lemhi County Cattlemen. He won the Friend of 4-H 
award for Lemhi County. He looks to the future and 
improvement of the ranches and of Lemhi County. 

— Randy Capps 



Robert Oscar and Edith Ryman Capps 

Robert Oscar Capps diversified in a number of 
commercial ventures. Ranching was always a part of 
these. 

His parents were Elizabeth E. Mc Millan (of 
Scottish descent) and Luther Martin Capps. Luther 
came to Idaho from Alabama in 1886 with an 
appointment from the United States government. He 
was Superintendent of the Industrial and Agriculture 
Department for the Indian Schools and Indian 
Department at Fort Hall, (from Early History of Idaho 
- page 1217) After that term of service, he ranched 
and operated a flour mill at Blackfoot, Idaho. 

Robert Oscar Capps was born September 3, 1893. 
He attended Blackfoot schools and went into 
ranching on his own on the outskirts of Blackfoot. 
He married and had two sons, Gilbert and Luther, 
but his wife died from complications after the birth 
of Luther. Several years later, on November 1, 1920, 
Oscar married Edith Marie Ryman. She came from 
Piquay, Ohio. Their children were Martin, Myra, Lulu, 
Helen, Royden, Esther and Sam. 

Four years later the family moved to Aberdeen, 
Idaho. They ranched and operated a meat market. 
Most of the children had their schooling at 
Aberdeen. Oscar was successful in winning a 
Commissioner's position for the Aberdeen section of 
Bingham County. 

During these depression days, the customers 



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could't pay their bills. Oscar took a road contract to 
build six miles of highway, putting these customers 
to work on the contract, thereby helping them to 
pay their bills. 

In the early thirties, he took the hired help on a 
fishing trip to Salmon and Williams Lake. There he 
met homesteader Oliver Randall, who wanted to sell 
his homestead ranch above Williams Lake. Travel by 
saddle horse was the only way to get there and Zane 
Grey had spent some time at this ranch while writing 
Thunder Mountain. 

A trade was made for the ranch. The first year, 
Oscar trailed three and four year old steers for two 
days to get them to the buyer. Delivered, the steers 
brought five cents a pound. Not a very good start for 
ranching. 

The family moved to Salmon in 1939 and lived on 
the old Mendenhall ranch. The kids that went to 
school at Salmon, had to ford the Salmon River on 
horses to meet the bus, and there was lots of 
excitement with this crossing. 

Another four hundred acre ranch was purchased 
on the Lemhi at Mulkey Creek. Edith was active in 
community affairs and Garden Club and even took 
up oil painting after suffering a stroke at the age of 
seventy. Oscar bought and traded cattle and horses 
and also ranched, processing beef for the market. 
He rode with the Salmon River Sheriff's Posse and 
enjoyed hunting and breaking horses. 

Oscar died on October 30, 1956 and Edith on April 
22, 1975. Both are buried at Blackfoot, Idaho. 

— Martin Capps 

Frederick and Alice Maria King Carl 

Frederick William Carl arrived in Gibbonsville at the 
age of five. Having been born in Butte, Montana, 
1885, his family consisted of his father, Herman 
Francis Carl and mother, Anna Bahm Carl, sister, 
Rose Carl and half brothers and sisters, Charlie, 
Dan, Anna, Kate and Hannah Bahm. Fred went to 
the Gibbonsville school through the tenth grade, 
then attended the Normal School at Dillon. Montana 
for a year and a half and the Commercial College in 
Missoula, where he studied accounting. 

Alice Maria King was born in Arkansas, to Harry 
George and Josephine Maria King, and came, with 
her family, to Salmon in 1905. She recieved her 
education in schools in Arkansas, St. Anthony, Idaho, 
Salt Lake City, Utah and Boise, Idaho. 

Alice King and Fred Carl were married in 1908. 
Their marriage was the first to be solemnized in the 
new Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Salmon. 
They lived in Salmon where Fred was associated in a 
lumber yard with his brother-in-law Dent Slaughter. 
Moving down to the North Fork area they 




Alice and Fred Carl 

homesteaded at the mouth of Lick Creek where son 
Frederick William Carl, Jr. was born in 1913. They 
sold this ranch in 1919, and moved to Winnemucca, 
Nevada on a business venture, where daughter 
Josephine Ann was born in 1921. This deal proved 
unsuccessful and they returned to Salmon late in 
1921. 

Fred and Alice and their family were devoted to 
their community, spending their years serving in 
whatever capacity arose. Alice was a talented singer 
called upon to sing for weddings, funeral and 
performances in local productions. She sang with 
her sisters and daughters, with her mother as 
organist in the Episcopal Church for many years. 
She is remembered for her excellent cooking and 
generous hospitality. Her family and the community 
suffered a great loss when she died suddenly in 
1937 at the age of forty- seven. 

Fred's love of the outdoors and his interest in 
those matters important to him, kept him busy in 
many occupations throughout his lifetime. As a 
young man he learned surveying when he worked 
with Ben R. Stevenson in the Big Hole in Montana. 
He was also the first Ranger in the U. S. Forest 
Service stationed at the North Fork Ranger District 
in 1906. In the thirties he was a Game Warden with 
the Idaho Fish and Game. Using his knowledge of 
surveying he built many lookouts and trails for the 
Salmon Forest Service. Fred was remarried after 
Alice's death to Nancy Benson of Pocatello. They 
ranched in the Camas Creek area on Silver Creek for 
a short time and enjoyed going on hunting and 
camping trips together. Nancy died in 1970. He was 



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a staunch Republican and boasted he had never 
missed voting in an election, except for one time 
while they lived in the remote area on Silver Creek. 
He was a City Councilman for three terms, was 
manager of the Lemhi County Fair, four times, and 
was a State Legislator for one term. When illness 
slowed him down in the forties, he decided on semi- 
retirement and accepted an appointment by the 
Lemhi County Commissioners as Justice of the 
Peace in 1950. He held Magistrate Court in his living 
room until the Idaho Court System changed in 1971, 
and at the age of eighty-six, he did retire. 

Fred and Alice's daughter Margaret married Ray 
Bennett, was later divorced and married Roy 
Nilsson. They were living in King City when Roy died 
and Margaret returned to Salmon, where she still 
lives. Elizabeth Carl attended Nursing School in 
California and married Louis Cunan. They had two 
sons Raymond and Richard and lived in California 
until retirement when they moved to Salmon. 
Elizabeth died in Salmon in 1974, and Louis Cunan 
still lives in Salmon. Frederick Carl, Jr. married Hazel 
Cherry of Darlington, Idaho in 1935. They lived in 
Salmon, California and Arco, Idaho where Frederick 
died in 1984. Hazel resides in Arco, and their 
daughter Cherry Alice Van Tine lives with her family 
in Steptoe, Washington. Josephine Ann Carl married 
Jack Hirschy from the Big Hole in Montana in 1944. 

Fred Carl, Sr. went with Ann and Jack and their 
children, Jann and Frederick, on many pack trips in 
the Primitive Area of central Idaho. This was a most 
enjoyable time for him, riding again over the many 
trails and seeing country he had worked in over the 
years. Spending long hours in the saddle and 
sleeping on the ground was right up his alley! Their 
last trip together was in 1967 when he was eighty- 
two. Fred died in Salmon in September 1972. 

— Ann Carl Hirschy 
Herman Francis and Anna Bahm Carl 

Herman Francis Carl was born in Leipzig, Germany 
in 1840. A brother living in Ohio brought him to 
America at the age of sixteen. There he learned the 
boot and shoemaking trade and became a cobbler, 
which was to be his lifelong occupation, along with 
ranching and owning a hotel in his later years. He 
fought in the Civil War on the side of the North and 
at the end of his service went into business in 
Kansas City, Missouri, as a "Manufacturer and 
Dealer in Boots and Shoes", as listed in the Kansas 
City Business Directory of 1871. Heeding the lure of 
the mining fields of the west, he traveled to 
Leadville, Colorado where he plied his trade. 

It was there he met and married Anna Afner 
Bahm, a widow with five children, whose husband 
had died of cancer. Anna Bahm was born on the 



border of Germany and remembered little about 
those years, except for the hard work of toiling in 
the fields with other children, taken in for just that 
purpose. She never could recall her biological 
parents or family name. 

She and Antone Bahm were married in Steinberg, 
Austria, where their five children were born. With 
their children, Charles, Dan, Anna, Kate, and 
Hannah, they came to America, living for a short 
while in Pennsylvania, then on to the West with a 
wagon train of other pioneers. She remembered 
very clearly the terrible experience of the wagons 
being attacked by the "Avenging Angels" on their 
way through Missouri, and of being robbed of their 
livestock and precious belongings. As a widow she 
supported her little family by cooking and doing 
laundry for the miners. 

After her marriage to H. F. Carl, they headed to 
Butte, Montana by team and wagon. On their way, 
daughter Rose was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 
1883. After arriving in Butte, a son, Frankie, was 
born in 1884, but died in infancy. Another son, 
Frederick William Carl was born in 1885. The family 
moved to Gibbonsville, Idaho from Butte in 1890, 
where they built and operated the Cottage House 
Hotel and Livery Stable, and H. F. Carl was also 
known for his skill at shoemaking. Their children 




Anna and H. F. Carl at their ranch between North Fork and 
Gibbonsville 



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grew to prosper during those years and they moved 
from Gibbonsville to a ranch on the site of the 
present day North Fork Ranger Station. 

Anna was remembered for her bounteous gardens 
and fruit trees and her skill at making homemade 
wine, beer and whiskey for the ranchers taking cattle 
over the hill to the Big Hole, the traveling merchants 
and local miners. 

Herman Francis Carl died at his North Fork Ranch 
in 1917, and Anna Bahm Carl died in Salmon in 
1931. Both are buried in the beautiful little cemetery 
in Gibbonsville. 



— Ann Carl Hirschy 



Brenda Giles Carlson 



I was born on April 20, 1954, the first child of 
David Delos and Phyllis Hopkins Giles. I have four 
brothers: David Alma, Clay Charles (deceased). Lane 
Franklin, and Bruce Reber Giles. I was born in Soda 
Springs, Idaho. We also lived in Salt Lake City for a 
short time before moving to Georgetown, Idaho, in 
1957. 

I was three when we moved to Georgetown, Idaho. 
My best friend, Barbara Bee lived next door, and we 
had such fun together. I loved riding horses and 
spent hours each day doing just that. I remember 
milking cows and helping on the farm. We had cows, 
horses and bum lambs. It was a fun place to be a 
child. 




A r-. '^'iS 



Brenda Giles Carlson 



Mom went to beauty school and had a beauty 
shop in our home. Dad worked as an accountant. We 
lived in Georgetown ten years. Bruce was a year old 
when we moved to Salmon, Idaho. Dad and Mom 
purchased the Salmon River Lodge in December 
1966. I spent my summers at the lodge as well as 
most week ends during school. I started seventh 
grade in Salmon. 

The summer of 1969 I had the opportunity to go 
with Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Bills on a trip to New 
York. There were eighteen of us. What fun we all 
had! We spent an extra week in Nebraska because 
the bus broke down and we came home in the back 
of a U-Haul truck. 

The summer of 1972 I was fortunate to be able to 
go to Europe for six weeks on a foreign study trip. 
What beautiful countries we visited; Spain, France, 
Italy, Austria, and England. 

January 13, 1973 I married Mark W. Heald. Our 
first child, Hollie Ann, was born on December 14, 
1974. At age five she was taken from us by cancer. 
She is buried in Salmon, Idaho. Heather Lee was 
born on February 27, 1976 and Heidi Joe, November 
17, 1977. We had some very special girls. We 
divorced February 10, 1981 and I took the girls and 
moved to Bountiful, Utah. I worked for about a year 
and decided to go to school so I could make life 
better for my girls. Barbara Young was instrumental 
in helping me get in the school of Medical Careers. It 
was hard, but worth it. I was able to get a good job. 
I worked for Dr. Donald Kirk, O.B., G.Y.N, for seven 
years. He retired and we have remained very good 
friends. 

I married Allan Martin Carlson in the Logan Temple 
on March 26, 1983. He owns a used car business. 
He has two boys that lived with their mother in 
Bountiful, Utah. Todd is twenty-two and is going to 
school at Brigham Young University. He filled a 
mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-say 
Saints in Japan and married last year. Shawn is 
fifteen and likes to skate board and play sports with 
his dad. 

We opened a used car lot in St. George, Utah in 
1988 and in August of 1990 we moved our family 
down to warm St. George. 

Heather is in the ninth grade. She is five feet ten 
inches tall and likes to play basketball and golf. She 
is on the girls ninth grade basketball team. 

Heidi is in the eighth grade. She is five feet six 
inches tall and also likes basketball, soccer and golf. 
Both girls also ski. 

I work part time for the two Radio Shacks in the 
area doing their bookkeeping. My job and my family 
keep me busy. We have a half court basketball court 
by our home and when it's warm we have ten to 
fifteen of the neighborhood outside every night 
playing basketball. It gets wild and fun. 

— Brenda Giles Carlson 



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Hawlcy R. and Adrianne Morris Carlson 

It was a typical March 27th day in 1918 in the late 
afternoon that I arrived at the farm home of Eliza 
and Charles Carlson. We lived two miles south of the 
Tendoy Store. There were two older brothers, 
George and Selway, a sister Mae, and a younger 
brother Lester. George and Lester died in infancy. 

My father raised a hundred and fifty head of cows 
and four thousand head of sheep. We owned four 
thousand acres of land including two ranches up 
Agency Creek. We also leased a lot of Forest land. I 
spent my summers putting up hay and helping tend 
the sheep and cattle. 





Hawley R. & Adrianne Carlson 

My father first came into this valley in 1907, 
driving a freight wagon carrying brick for the Veil 
home on the corner above the IGA store. 

We all attended the Tendoy Grade School and 
later we all graduated from Salmon High School. I 
graduated in 1937 and there were forty-seven in the 
graduating class. In the fall of 1937, I went to college 
at the University of Idaho in Moscow. I started out in 
engineering, but decided to switch to accounting. I 
received my commission as Second Lieutenant in 
the U. S. Infantry on June 1, 1942. I needed three 
more credits to graduate and was given permission 
to finish. 

I received by orders to report to Fort Douglas on 
September 12, 1942. My father took me down to 
the bus station here in Salmon and I left on the 
greatest adventure of my life. It was the first time 
my father ever asked me if I needed money. I didn't 
know at that time that officers had to pay for their 
own meals, so I told Father "maybe $40". I thought 
I would starve before the first pay check, but was 
too proud to ask for more. 

In the service I spent time at Camp Roberts. Then 
served as a Chemical Warfare Officer, transferred to 



the Air Corps and flew all over the country. Then it 
was back to Camp Roberts and later our whole 
Division was moved to Camp Dix, New Jersey, in 
preparation for combat. September 1, 1944 the 
Division was loaded on ships, with eighty-four in our 
convoy. On September 12, 1944 we landed in 
Normandy, France, where I served as front line 
Commander. In November I was hit by a German 
artillery shell in the thigh and was eventually taken 
to a hospital in England. After I was released in 
March 1945, I was assigned to Labor Supervision, 
German Prisoner of War Units, and I commanded 
the various units until October 1945 when I returned 
home. 

I went to work for U. S. Steel in Pittsburg, 
California as a cost accountant, but did not care for 
that kind of work. There I met Delores Scott and we 
were married November 30, 1947. We went to 
Indianapolis, Indiana where I enrolled in the Lincoln 
College of Chiropractic in January 1948, then to 
National College in Chicago, where I received my 
DC, ND Degree in January 1951. 

In January 1952 I took the California Chiropractic 
Exam and passed it. On the way home I was 
baptized in the LDS Church. Scotty and I were 
divorced in April of 1952. I was married later to Fern 
Kauer of Leadore. She passed away in 1965. 

On May 21, 1971, I married Adrianne F. Morris in 
the Salt Lake Temple. We were blessed with a baby 
boy, Roy Lee, on November 25, 1974 and a beautiful 
red headed girl, Elisa Ann on December 20, 1977. 
Adrianne passed away with cancer on March 22, 
1987. 

I married Toni Lund in 1988 and we were divorced 
in 1990. 

I continue my very successful practice here in the 
Salmon River Valley. 

— Hawley R. Carlson 




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Nels and Clara Anderson Carlson 

Nels Fredrick Carlson, born May 19, 1855 at 
Dalham, Kalmer, Sweden, married Clara Johanna 
Anderson, who was born September 2, 1857 at 
Adensvi, Kalmer, Sweden. They were converts to the 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 
Sweden and emigrated to this country in 1881. They 
settled in Smithfield, Utah and later moved to 
Thornton, Idaho on a homestead. 

They had nine children: three girls, Clara Amanda, 
Mable Christina, and Sarah Rosetta; six boys, Arvid 
Friedolph, Hyrum, Nels Edward, Gustof, and Oscar 
Dewey. They went to school in Thornton. 

In 1902 they move to Lemhi County, settling on a 
ranch six miles north of Gilmore on the upper end of 
the Lemhi River. The children went to grade school 
at Bannister, which was held five months of the year 
during the summer. Their daughter. Rose, was able 
to attend high school for two years in Dillon, 
Montana. 

Rose remembered interesting incidents in their 
early life. When the railroad came to Gilmore, they 
also got telephones with the switch at the Carlson 
Ranch. One day the call came in that two Model T 
Fords had come into Gilmore and were going to 
Salmon. Everyone having phones was notified and all 
of the neighbors went in buggies or on horseback to 
the highway to see the cars go by. These were the 
first cars to come through and excitement ran high. 

In 1911 the Carlson family moved to the Mill 
Creek and Lee Creek areas and homesteaded the 
Carlson Ranch. Later they got a ranch in the Tendoy 
area and also one at Carmen. 

Nels Carlson had a real sense of humor. In the 
summer, they ranged the sheep they raised in the 
mountains below Salmon in Shoup country. The son, 
Arvid, tended the sheep, and Nels had to go down to 
check on them. He started through the mountains 
to get to their camp, and coming to a forest camp, 
he asked directions. They helped him. then asked if 
he was lost. He said, "No, I didn't know where I was 
going in the first place, so how can I be Lost?". 

— Joyce Follett Peterson 



Oscar F. and Marie Barrow Carlson 

Oscar F. Carlson was born in Gamleby, Sweden, 
September 10, 1878. When he was ten years old his 
Uncle Fred asked him to go to the United States 
with him. His parents didn't think he would go, when 
it came time to sail, but he did. He first settled in 
Oakland, Nebraska. 

In about 1905, he came to Idaho, living in 
Bannister, which was an old stage stop, about ten 
miles south of what is now Leadore. He was engaged 



in mining in Thornton, Nicholia and Gilmore. He went 
back to Sweden only once to see his family, in about 
1910. 

Oscar also worked at the George Barrow U Bar 
ranch and there met Marie Irene Barrow. Marie was 
the daughter of George and Anna Mary Olstead 
Barrow. Her father was born in England and was a 
butcher there. When he came to this country he 
lived at Nicholia and furnished horses for Gilmore 
and Nicholia. He and his first wife ran the boarding 
house there. She died and he married Anna Mary 
Olstead, who was born at Red Wing, Minnesota. 
George and Anna Mary engaged in ranching at the U 
Bar ranch, south of Leadore, with their family, 
Marie. George, Ruth, and Florence. George Barrow 
raised a lot of horses and butchered beef and took it 
to Salmon to sell. It would take him two days; one 
day going and one day back home. 

Marie and her brother and sisters also had an 
older half brother, Joe. He was born in 1876 and 
died in 1953. He worked as a cowboy and ranch 
hand, and was also known a Joe Bush. He was 
somewhat of an artist and a good musician, playing 
the violin and the piano. 

Marie was born on the Hawley Creek ranch on 
July 6, 1897. The family later moved to the Texas 
Creek ranch. Oscar and Marie were married in 1913. 

They first lived and worked on the Barrow ranch. 
Later he worked in the Viola Mine in Nicholia until he 
was "leaded", which happened to many of the 




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miners at that time. Then he worked as a blacksmith 
in Gilmore. In 1918 they homesteaded five miles 
west of Leadore. In order to have enough water to 
supply the ranch with irrigation, Oscar and Wilbur 
Stone, together, built a reservoir up the Middle Fork 
of Timber Creek. This was built with teams of 
horses, slips, and lots of manual labor. They built the 
dam in the middle of the winter and poured a 
concrete core. The concrete froze, so the dam 
always had a small leak. They were able to store 
enough high water to supply both the Stone and 
Carlson ranches with irrigating water. 

Oscar and Marie's first child, a boy, died at birth in 
1914. A daughter, Eva, died in 1927 at the age of 
six. They have four living children; Ella, Ruth, Fred, 
and Arlene. 

The oldest daughter, Ella, married Leo Vezina, who 
was the son of an early day family in that area. They 
had one daughter. Looking for work, they moved to 
Silver Star, Montana. Ruth, while visiting them in 
Silver Star, met Axel Nelson. They were married, had 
three sons, and still live on their ranch at Silver Star. 

In 1945, after Ella and Ruth had both married and 
moved to Montana, Oscar and Marie sold their ranch 
at Leadore and moved to Twin Bridges, Montana, so 
the family would be closer together. They were 
engaged in ranching with their son, Fred, until Oscar 
died in December, 1952. Fred and his wife, Lillian, 
live there still. They have two sons. 

Marie continued living at her ranch home at Twin 
Bridges, until her death in 1973. 

Leo Vezina died in 1976. Later Ella married Ernest 
Alexander, who was killed in an accident in 1990. 
Ella is presently living at Georgetown Lake, 
Anaconda, Montana. 

The youngest daughter Arlene, married Jay 
Barnosky and had two sons and two daughters. They 
live on their ranch at Sheridan, Montana. 

— Arlene Barnosky 
Robert E. and Norma Hutchings Carlson 

We are the third generation of Carlsons on the 
ranch in the upper Lemhi Valley. My grandparents 
and family came to Lemhi County at the turn of the 
century. They bought the place north of Queenup 
Lane. Some of the boys worked in the mines at 
Gilmore. Later, about 1909, they moved to the place 
where I now live. 

One of their sons. Shorty, brought the first sheep 
to Lemhi Valley and caused some kind of sheep and 
cattle war. I guess he won, because I'm here and so 
are the sheep. They later joined the cattlemen when 
they bought out Fred Fry at Tendoy. I still have the 
"FF" brand. 

The Tendoy Ranch was sold when Granddad died. 
Dad, Nels Carlson, Shorty, and Arvey Carlson 



became partners. The place was called the Carlson 
Brothers' Ranch. They worked together and shared 
all the decisions for years. Shorty never married and 
Dad married Greth Hudleson on April 30, 1924. She 
taught school at the D. C. Bar for one year. 

I, Robert Carlson, was born June 23, 1925. My 
brother, Jim, came along four years later. Two years 
after that they took in my cousins, eight year old 
Edith Hill, and ten year old Fred Hill, when their 
parents died. They were like brother and sister to 
me. 

After Shorty died, it just wasn't the same for Dad. 
He really missed him. 

My brother, Jim, married Barbara Anderton and 
they had three kids, Jim, Mike, and Doris. He bought 
the ranch from Dad and later his half was sold to 
Dick Tyler. 

I married Norma E. Hutchings on June 23, 1949 at 
Gilmore. She was the daughter of Leo S. Hutchings 
and Eunice Curtis Hutchings. Norma was born March 
22, 1931 at Victor, Idaho. She graduated from high 
school at Idaho Falls in 1949. She had three 
brothers; Steven, Marvin, and Melvin. Leo and 
Eunice Hutchings moved to Salmon about 1933, 
where Steve was born. He later married Lila Ganske, 
February 22, 1954 and had one child. Sheila. He was 
killed in an accident at Cobalt. 

Marvin married Irene Davis. They had four children 
and now live in Salmon. 

Melvin married Virginia Wilson and they have three 
children. 

Leo Hutchings worked in the mines, raised horses 
and sold wood. There is a trail that Leo made over 
the mountain above Meadow Lake into Lost River 
Valley. 

Norma and I one child, Eunice Gail Carlson, born 
February 8, 1955, at Salmon. In 1973 she married 
Scott Tyler, son of Dick and Margy Tyler, who 
bought my brother's ranch. They stayed on the 
ranch and still live there with our five grandchildren. 

In 1986 we bought the Urban Kluesner place. We 
do all the work ourselves and haven't had much help 
except from the family. 

I took flying lessons in Salmon in 1945 and got my 
private license on December 3, 1947. I purchased a 
Luscomb Airplane March 8, 1947 and had a great 
time in it till I wrecked it on July 4, 1948. I joined 
the Leadore Flying Club in 1976. We have had three 
planes and are at this time selling the last one and 
dissolving the club. 

I have seen many changes in my lifetime. I 
remember when we traveled by team and wagon. I 
remember the G & P Railroad and also my dad's 
Essex car. I rode to school horseback to Lee Creek. I 
remember when the Railroad went out and how they 
made the train track bed the road to Salmon. I 
remember when radio and TV came along and 
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I'll never forget the kindness the neighbors gave 
me when Norma was sick in the hospital in Salt 
Lake. I love this country and the people in it! They're 
great! 

— Robert E. Carlson 
— Richard E. Carlson 

Benjamin and Martha Allison Carman 

Benjamin Carman was born in New York City on 
December 13, 1813. He and Martha Jane Allison, 
born about 1826 in Pennsylvania, met in Virginia 
City, Montana in 1863. Martha was traveling with 
friends out to California to live with her brother, 
John Allison. The group stopped to spend some time 
in Montana, and it was here that Benjamin and 
Martha met. After a short courtship, they were 
married in July of 1863. 

Upon their marriage, they moved to Salt Lake City 
where Ben, an architect, planned a career in 
contracting. He was active in this endeavor until 
after the birth of their two children. Bud Long 
Carman and Patience Chillillia Carman. 

In 1867 Ben, learning of the rich gold and silver 
deposits in the Salmon River Country, moved his 
family to the portion of Lemhi County then a part of 
Idaho County. Ben tried mining and several other 
ventures prior to building a sawmill on Carman Creek 
(named for him) near Salmon, Idaho. A community 
grew up around the sawmill and in the 1890's a 
town was established. The Carman Post Office was 
officially opened in 1902 and has continued in 
operation to the present time. 

The Carman family made Carman Creek their 
home until 1876, when Ben, learning of gold in the 
Dakotas, left his family to follow the lure of the 
elusive gold. Martha refused to accompany him until 
he had established a home for them in South 
Dakota. Ben wrote several times, his last letter 
stating he had located three valuable claims. Martha 
awaited further word concerning their possible move 
to South Dakota, however, none came. Finally a 
letter arrived, written by Ben's friends, saying that 
he had been shot and killed. 

Although Benjamin Carman was an architect, he 
chose to chase the phantom; Gold. Prior to his 
marriage to Martha Jane Allison, he had traveled 
around the Horn twice, made two trips across the 
plains and twice went to Central America. He had 
also visited South America, Mexico, Hawaii and 
Alaska. He spoke Portuguese, Spanish and several 
Indian dialects. 

After learning of Ben's death, Martha felt it best to 
remain in the Salmon area among friends, and raise 
her two children, rather than attemp to claim Ben's 
mining properites in South Dakota. She was a 
midwife and nurse, so felt she could support herself 



and two children. She purchased some property in 
Salmon, Idaho, where she continued in her nursing 
as well as converting her home into a boarding 
house. 

Bud Long Carman married and he and his wife had 
one child, Rosie Carman. Bud Long died of 
pneumonia. 

Patience Chillillia Carman was sent to St. Mary's 
School on the Wasatch and obtained a teaching 
certificate. She returned to Lemhi County and 
taught school at Salmon and Gibbonsville and later 
in neighboring Custer County at Clayton, Custer and 
Crystal. She married John David Tewalt, a 
southerner from Virginia. Their children were Homer, 
Martha Matilda, Ethleen Alfreda, Marian Chillillia, and 
Virginia Evadna Tewalt. They lived in Clayton, Custer 
and Challis. Patience Carman Tewalt died July 26, 
1933. 

Homer Tewalt married Ruth Carlton, a Salmon girl, 
and they made their home in Salmon. Their children 
were David, Edward, and Ruth Tewalt. Ruth died 
shortly after the birth of their daughter. Homer, 
employed by the Highway District, lived out his life in 
Salmon, where he was well liked and known for his 
Irish wit. One son, Edward Tewalt is still a resident of 
Salmon. 

— Patricia Hunsperger 
— edited by History Committee 

Loula Tubbs Carpenter 

Loula Tubbs was born on April 22, 1876, on a 
large Iowa fram where her parents, Robert F. and 
Sarah McCartney Tubbs, raised pedigreed Shorthorn 
cattle. The family later moved to Corning, Iowa, 
where Loula attended grade school. They moved to 
McCook Nebraska where she finished high school, 
and then returned to Corning. Loula studied 
secretarial work and was employed by the County 
Attorney for about a year. Later, she went to 
Burlington, Iowa where she studied music under 
Madam Rosa Wethmeuller, formerly of Berlin, 
Germany. She had already studied the fundamentals 
of harmony and piano with Professor Remmers, also 
from Germany. After about six years of working with 
Madam Wethmeuller, her family suffered financial 
reverses, and Loula had to return to her secretarial 
work. She secured a position with the National Hotel 
Company, with headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. 
Four years later, the company moved to Chicago, 
taking Loula with them. 

Two years later, William McKendree Carpenter, 
who was associated with a livestock commission firm 
in South Omaha, came to Chicago and persuaded 
Loula to return to Omaha and marry him. They were 
married in October of 1906. 



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Loula T. Carpenter 

Mr. Carpenter had been to Idaho numerous times 
and was intersted in homesteading. In 1908 they 
came to Lemhi County, homesteading near Tendoy 
and raised sheep. All went well until the depression 
of 1920-21. The disaster of that depression forced 
them, among many others, out of business. In 1921 
the Carpenters moved, with their young son, Robert, 
to Salmon where Loula gave piano and voice lessons 
for many years. 

After coming to Idaho, Loula affiliated with Hugh 
Duncan Chapter O.E.S. She was elected Worthy 
Matron in 1920 and served two terms. She gave 
elaborate parties for the Children of Masons and 
Eastern Star. She was instrumental in establishing 
the Order of Job's Daughters in Idaho and in Lemhi 
County, and was an Honarary member of both 
Bethel #1 of Pocatello and Bethel #34 of Salmon. 
Loula T. instituted Chapter AF, PEG Sisterhood in 
Salmon in May 1927, and served as President in 
1927-28 and again in 1933-34. She was also a past 
Chapter Regent of Cameahwait Chapter of the DAR. 
She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the 
Redeemer. At the end of her term as Worthy Grand 
Matron of Idaho in 1926-27, Loula Carpenter was 
elected Grand Secretary, and held this office for 
thirty years. 

William M. Carpenter passed away in 1928 and is 
buried in the Masonic plot at the Salmon cemetery. 

While she never learned to drive a car, Mrs. 
Carpenter had a host of friends who took her where 
she needed to go through the years. A big dog was 
her constant companion for a long time, and he was 
sorely missed when he died. Nearly everyone in 
Salmon in those years knew her as Loula T. and had 



heard her beautiful music. It was a sad day for music 
lovers when, after several months illness, she died in 
Steele Memorial Hospital on January 14, 1976. She 
is buried in the Masonic Section of the Salmon 
Cemetery. 

— History Committee 

Collette Mae Randolph Carter 

I, Collette Mae (Randolph) Carter, was born in 
Salmon, Idaho on June 19, 1962 to Wayne Albert 
and Julia Irene Randolph. I lived in Gibbonsville and 
attended Salmon schools until January of 1980, at 
which time I entered the United States Marine Corps 
on a Delayed Entrance Program. While waiting to go 
into bootcamp, and being an early graduate, I lived 
with my sister, Cathleen, and her family in Moscow, 
Idaho. At this time I worked at the local King's Table 
Restaurant. 

I returned to Gibbonsville on May 5th to say my 
farewells and to pack for bootcamp. I left home and 
officially entered the Marine Corps in Boise, Idaho on 
May 9, 1980. I attended bootcamp at Paris Island, 
South Carolina for eight weeks. In August I was sent 
to Aviation Supply School and Shipboard Uniform 
Automated Data Processing (SUADPS) Course at the 
Naval Air Station, Meridian, Mississippi, until 
December. On January 2, 1981 I reported to my 




Jessica (age 7) and Christopher (age 2) Carter • INSET: David and 
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first duty station at MCAS(H) Futenma, Okinawa, 
Japan for one year. I returned to the United States 
in December and was stationed at MCAS Cherry 
Point, North Carolina until June 7, 1987 at which 
time I received an honorable discharge at the rank 
of Sergeant (E-5). 

In New Bern, North Carolina, on August 13, 1982 I 
married David Allen Carter, Jr., a Marine originally 
from Monroe, Ohio. On August 24, 1983 Jessica 
Lynn was born. On September 17, 1988 Christopher 
David was born. Both at the Cherry Point Naval 
Hospital. 

I remained at Cherry Point with my family until 
David received orders to Okinawa, Japan for one 
year in 1990. I returned to Gibbonsville to live, with 
the children, until David returns in August of 1991, 
when we will move on to our next duty station. 

—Collette Carter 



R. B. and Jessie Chamberlain Cavaness 

Roswell Broughton Cavaness was born on 
February 5, 1888 at Grubbville, Missouri, the son of 
Dr. George and Cynthia Cavaness. He married Jessie 
Faye Chamberlain on May 30, 1917 at Calgary, 
Alberta, Canada. They had five children; Roswell B. 
Jr., David Clarence, Virginia Lee, Rosemarie, and 
Paul Benjamin Cavaness. 

R. B. Cavaness Sr. owned and operated a grocery 
store in Hollister, Idaho from 1914 to 1920 and 
supervised Safeway grocery stores for O.P. Skaggs in 
Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, and Oregon from 1923 to 
1935. He then started a grocery store in Salmon 
which he operated until his retirement in 1949. 

Jessie Faye was a devoted wife, mother and active 
church member, who also loved to garden. She 
raised a large garden every year and started two to 




Jessie Faye and Roswell B. Cavaness 



three hundred tomato plants every year to give to 
her friends and neighbors. 

R. B. Cavaness, Sr. was chairman of the Salmon 
School Board, was a member of the Office of Price 
Administration (OPA) price panel, and was active in 
the Salmon Assembly of God Church. He also owned 
and managed a number of business and residential 
rental properties. He was a friend of the members of 
the Lemhi band of Shoshone-Bannock Indians who 
lived in the area. 

R. B. became known for having a soft spot for 
animals, and cared for many dogs and cats that 
were dropped off by their house. He passed away in 
Salmon in 1970 at the age of eighty-one. 

After her husband's death Jessie Faye Cavaness 
resided with he son, David, until her death in 1989 
at the age of ninety-one. 

Their son, R. B. Cavaness Jr., graduated from 
Central Bible Institute at Springfield, Missouri in 
1943 and pastored a small church at Roy, Idaho 
from 1943 to 1945. He and his wife, Avalon, were 
missionaries in Malaysia from 1945 until their 
retirement in 1983. They had four children; Paul, 
Christine, Carol, and Cindy. Avalon passed away 
from cancer in 1986. R. B. Jr. recently married 
Barbara Little, who had also been a missionary in 
Malaysia, and they have both returned to Singapore, 
Malaysia to continue their work. 

David Clarence Cavaness graduated with a B.S. in 
accounting from the University of Washington, 
before returning to his U. S. Army career, and the 
Judge Advocate General's Office of the Army. 
Following his retirement, after twenty years service 
in Vietnam, Korea and Germany, Dave lived in 
Neosho, Missouri with his mother. Dave is active in 
patriotic causes and was married briefly. 

Virginia Lee Cavaness also graduated from Central 
Bible Institute and married Ralph Kay. They had 
three children; Sheilia, Ramona, and Bruce. Virginia 
passed away July 20, 1964 as a result of 
complications arising from open heart surgery. 

Rosemarie Cavaness married Eugene Schultz, who 
had been her Salmon High School music teacher. 
They move to Alaska, where she was the City Clerk 
for the City of Kodiak, Alaska until her death in 
1964. She died as a result of a tidal wave caused by 
the Good Friday earthquake in 1964. 

Paul Benjamin Cavaness (Benny) was in the 
service during the 1961 Berlin Crisis and then 
attended both Idaho State University and University 
of Idaho, graduating in 1966 and 1969 with degrees 
in Business and Law. Ben married Linda Suesz, 
whom he met while attending the University of 
Idaho. Ben practices law in American Falls, Idaho 
and owns an irrigated farm. Linda teaches fifth grade 
at the middle school. They have three children: 
Jenifer Lyn, who married Gene Williams August 5, 
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of Idaho in the fall of 1991 or Spring of 1992; 
Jeffrey Scott, a Junior at the University of Idaho 
majoring in Bacteriology (pre-med). will graduate in 
1992; and Jaynee Sue. a Senior at American Falls 
High School, plans to attend the University of Idaho 
in the fall of 1991. 

— Ben Cavaness 



Joe and Diann Bagley Caywood 

Joe and Diann Caywood moved to Lemhi County 
January 7, 1970 from Gypsum, Colorado. Diann was 
born in Wray Colorado, the daughter of Darrell and 
Caroline Ruth Rice Bagley. Her family moved to 
Eagle County. Colorado where they were ranching. 
They were very involved with horses and rodeoing. 
Diann was the World Champion in Little Britches 
Rodeo. She graduated from Eagle High School in 
1967. 

Joe was born in Glenwood Springs. Colorado, the 
son of James W. and Juanita Bertrock Caywood. He 
graduated from Eagle High School in 1964. He and 
Diann were married on October 6. 1967 in Gypsum, 
Colorado. 

When they moved to Lemhi County, they were 
employed by her father on a ranch he had bought 
from Floyd Pitzer on McDevitt Creek. In 1978 Joe 
and Diann purchased the ranch from her father and 
have resided there ever since. The Pitzer Ranch had 
been settled about 1910 by Mr. and Mrs. Henry 
Anderson and her brother. 

After buying the ranch. Joe and Diann acquired 
additional ranching properties. First, they proved up 
on some government land on Muddy Creek, and 
then, when Darrell Bagley moved to Nebraska in 
1989. they purchased his property on the west side 
of the Lemhi River. This land included parts of 
original ranches settled by Mattie Head and William 
Mahaffy. Later, they purchased the old Ben DeCora 
ranch which was settled about 1925 by William 
Collins. 

Their oldest daughter, Kelly was born December 
31, 1989. in Glenwood Springs. Colorado. She 
graduated from Leadore High School with twelve 
years of a perfect 4.0 grade point average. In High 
School she excelled in girls' athletics and was named 
to the Post Register's All Area Basketball First Team, 
one of the few A-4 players to ever be so honored. 
Kelly attended Western Montana College on a Steele- 
Reese Scholarship graduating in 1991 with a degree 
in Education. While at Western Montana College, 
Kelly met and married Greg Manson from Anaconda, 
Montana. They have two children, Nicole and 
Derrick,. Greg graduated form Western in 1990 with 
an Education degree and taught and coached in the 
Salmon district in 1990 and 1991. 




FRONT: Joe and Diann Caywood BACK: Kim, Joey and Kelly. 



Joe and Diann's second daughter. Kimberly, was 
born in Salmon on June 16, 1970. She attended 
school at Tendoy. at Leadore and graduated from 
Salmon in 1988. Kim excelled in High School Rodeo 
and qualified for the State High Rodeo all four years. 
After graduation she attended college for one 
semester, worked at QB Beam Plant, and is now 
employed at Steele Memorial Hospital. 

E. Joey Caywood was born in Salmon on February 
19. 1974. He attends Salmon High School, where he 
participates in basketball, football and rodeo. His 
Senior year he was elected Student Body President 
while maintaining a 3.8 grade point average. Joey is 
also an avid hunter. 

— Joe Caywood 
WiUa Smith Phillips Chaffee 

Willa was born June 14. 1922. to William Charles 
and Anna Farrand Perry in Salmon, Idaho. She was 
graduated from Salmon High School as valedictorian 
of the Class of 1940. 

She initially entered nursing in Salt Lake City, but 
became ill and withdrew. She then worked for Dr. 
John L. Mulder for over three years. 

On June 22. 1943 Willa married Sidney Ralph 
Phillips. He was born January 16. 1918 at Crystal, 
Idaho, the son of the late Sidney Ruben Phillips and 
Ruth Whiting of Salmon. Shortly after Willa and 



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Sidney were married, Technical Sgt. Phillips, of the 
Ninth Airborne, U. S. Army, was sent to the Pacific 
Theatre of World War II. He died in Nadzab, New 
Guinea on September 24, 1944. 

Willa re-entered nursing; this time at St. Luke's 
Hospital, Boise, Idaho, graduating in June 1948. She 
worked there in surgery and as House Supervisor 
until June, 1949, when she attended the University 
of Colorado. On return to Boise she supervised and 
taught pediatrics. (Her room-mate at that time was 
Betty Vestal, a dietitian, who through Willa, met and 
married Rolin Phillips, brother of Ralph.) 

Willa married Herbert F. Chaffee in Pasadena, 
California on September 9, 1952. Herbert was born 
in Boise, Idaho on July 14, 1919. When Herbert, a 
Navy man, was sent overseas in June of 1951, Willa 
returned to Salmon and worked at Steele Memorial 
Hospital until his return to California in February of 
1953. While Herbert pursued further education and 
taught, Willa worked in various areas of nursing, 
where ever he was. 

In 1967 she began eleven years of teaching 
Practical Nursing at Boise State University and then 
nine years of the same program at Caldwell, Idaho. 
She retired in 1987. 

The Chaffees have one daughter, Grace Lynn 
Marie, born September 3, 1958. Lynn died in a 
motor vehicle accident on May 4, 1976. 

While in Salmon, Willa was an active member of 
the Presbyterian Church and of Anna Rebekah Lodge 
#14 of Salmon. Willa and Herbert Chaffee live in 
Caldwell, Idaho, where both are very active in their 
church and in Compassionate Friends, a support 
group for parents who have lost a child. Willa's sister 
Dorothy is also in Caldwell. 

—Willa Smith Chaffee 
Clyde C. and Reva Nelson Chaffin 

Reva Kay Nelson and Clyde C. Chaffin were 
married on October 23, 1952 at Salmon, Idaho. 
Both had come with their families to the Salmon 
area at an early age; Clyde, in 1938 at age four and 
Reva Kay, in the fall of 1944 at age eight. 

Clyde was born, the seventh child of Charles Wade 
and Eliza Bullard Chaffin, on August 5, 1934. 

Reva Kay Nelson was born at Aberdeen, Idaho, on 
October 9, 1936, the third child of Rafeal Thomas 
and Myrtle Warner Nelson. 

In March of 1954 Clyde and Kay moved to 
Patterson and Clyde worked as a miner for Ima 
Mines. They raised potatoes at Baker in 1955 and in 
March of 1956 they moved to Cobalt and Clyde 
again worked as an underground miner. The Trails 
End Motel (formerly Mountain View Motel) was 
purchased by the couple in July 1958 and operated 
by them until 1968. This property was located at the 




Kay and Clyde Chaffin - October 23, 1952 

junction of Highway 28 and 93. 

Clyde worked as an insurance agent for State 
Farm Insurance Company, having an office in their 
home on Main Street from 1963 to 1971. The next 
few years, 1971 to 1985, Clyde did a variety of 
things; drove his own logging truck, contracted 
custom houses, drove truck on the hiway for Doug 
Andrus Trucking, and drove logging truck for Bill 
Kelly. 

With the help of their two young sons, Robert and 
Douglas, in September 1985, Kay and Clyde started 
a new business; The Steel and Ranch Center, which 
they still own and operate. 

The Chaffins are the parents of six children: 
Thomas Clyde Chaffin, born December 12, 1953, 
married Nancy Jane Scarborough; Christi Lee 
Chaffin, born January 23, 1958, who married John 
Pinker, divorced and later married Kenneth Lee 
Collins; Kenneth Wade Chaffin, born August 30, 
1959. who married Kayleen Hall; James Kay Chaffin, 
born August 11, 1962, who married Teresa Lynn 
Moulton; Robert Fay Chaffin, born September 13, 
1971 in Salmon; Douglas Scott Chaffin, born August 
15, 1973 in Salmon. 

They have thirteen grandchildren. 

— Kay and Clyde Chaffin 



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Thomas Clyde and Nancy Chaffin 



Thomas Chaffin was born December 12, 1953 to 
Clyde and Reva Kay Nelson Chaffin in Salmon, 
Idaho. He attended school in Salmon, and at Ricks 
College in Rexburg. Tom has thoroughly enjoyed 
living in the rural West; particularly hunting, camping, 
fishing, hiking, rafting, and other outdoor activity. 

Thanks to very conservative parents and 
grandparents, Tom was taught to work hard at an 
early age. Some of his first jobs included farm work 
(cows and hay), service station attendant, box boy, 
lawnmowing, logging and even babysitting. Most 
memorable was being a disc-jockey at K.S.R.A., and 
driving a semi-truck load of potatoes to Burley, 
unassisted, at age fourteen. 

Nancy Jane Scarborough was born January 27, 
1956 to Walton LeRoy and Patsy Ruth Urich 
Scarborough in Arco, Idaho. They moved to Salmon 
in March 1963. When Nancy was eight, she joined 
the Busy Beavers 4-H Club under the skillful 
leadership of Almira Capps. She took projects in 
Foods and Nutrition, Clothing, and Leadership. Many 
hours were spent in the Capps home sewing, 
pressing, and removing errant stitches. Nancy was 
active in student government, drill team, and drama 
in high school. Merrill Barney was a favorite drama 
teacher and directed her in "Meet Me In St. Louis" 




FRONT: Andrew, Laurel, Nancy MIDDLE: Jennifer, Thomas, Emily 
BACK: Tom Chaffin 



and "The Miracle Worker". She also worked for 
Wally Richardson at Wally's Cafe. 

After a stormy courtship involving differences in 
everything from religion to recreation, Tom and 
Nancy were married on June 8, 1974. The first of 
many compromises was holding the wedding in the 
LDS Church and the reception in the Methodist 
Church. Both attended Ricks College in Rexburg for 
one year. During their eighteen months in Rexburg 
they managed student housing and Tom worked for 
Rexburg Lumber and managed a Book Bindery. On 
August 9, 1975 they were sealed in the Idaho Falls 
Temple and their first daughter, Jennifer Kay Chaffin 
was born on November 21, 1975. 

In January 1976 Tom and Nancy returned to 
Salmon. Tom worked for Lemhi County and North 
Fork Lumber before joining the City Crew as 
mechanic. Tom and his dad started building their 
home on Willow Avenue. Tom and Nancy purchased 
a cleaning business from Bob Himes. They started 
cleaning over fifteen different office buildings after 
business hours and on weekends. They moved into 
their new home in November 1976 and their second 
daughter, Emily Ruth Chaffin was born July 14, 
1977. 

In 1979, Tom became a lineman with Lemhi 
Telephone and the Chaffins began their ten year 
association with the Salmon River Playhouse, acting 
as husband and wife in "His Name Was Aunt Nellie". 
Their first son, Thomas Daniel Chaffin was born 
December 5, 1979. 

In 1981 Tom went to work for Bill Gattung. He was 
also called to work with young men in the LDS 
Church and in 1983 Tom and Nancy were called as 
Young Men and Young Women Presidents in the 
Church. They developed strong relationships with 
these young people. 

In 1983 Tom bought Economy Supply from Bill 
Gattung and began a career as an independent 
businessman. The next year on October 15, Andrew 
Clyde Chaffin was born, weighing in at 9 lbs 12 oz. 
Nancy began working with the 4-H Busy Beavers 
again. 

In 1985 Tom was released from working with the 
Young Men and became Second Counselor in the 
Salmon Second Ward Bishopric. 

1986 was a special year at the Salmon River 
Playhouse. Nancy, Jennifer, Emily, and Daniel were 
able to star in "Annie Get Your Gun". In 1987 Nancy 
directed "The Miracle Worker", with support from 
Merrill Barney and Barbara Young. The play closed 
July 4th and daughter Laurel Ray was born on July 
12, 1987. 

Nancy joined the staff at the Lemhi County 
Agent's Office in 1988 as the 4-H Aide. She set new 
goals in 4-H and worked to take a group of youths to 
Washington D.C. in 1990. 

— Nancy Chaffin 



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Martin A Chandler and Louise Chandler 



Martin and Louise Turner Chandler 



was still making quilts and doing her own housework. 

The family in time enjoyed the fruits of their 
labors, having planted an orchard, built a root cellar, 
a milk house, and other out buildings. They raised 
crops and livestock for their own use. 

Martin was an example of the physically strong 
men who dreamed dreams of gold across the next 
mountain. He was drawn by the lure of discovering 
gold. He spent lots of time prospecting for gold. 
There is an area between Haynes creek and 
McDevitt creek called Chandler Basin, where Martin 
worked on his mine. 

Early in 1900 the family moved from the 
homestead on Withington Creek to Salmon, and built 
a two story house on St. Charles Street. 

— Robert Chandler 



Martin Austin Chandler and Louise Ellen Turner 
Chandler were married November 19, 1868. They 
were the parents of eleven children: Lewis W., Sarah 
A., Laura M. (married Edward Gray), Frankie E., 
Florence R., Samuel B., Thomas E. (married Alice 
Gray), Maude E., Pearl M., Grace G., and Harvey A. 

Very soon after their marriage, they came west. In 
those days coming west meant pioneering including 
privations of all kinds. They came in a covered 
wagon drawn by Ox-team. One child, Thomas E. was 
born in the covered wagon in Benton County, 
Arkansas. There were three small children and oft- 
times the mother gave her share of their rations to 
the children. 

Mr. and Mrs. Chandler settled in the Big Bend 
country of Oregon. Later they moved to Salmon, 
Idaho where they took up a homestead, on 
Withington Creek near Baker. The homestead 
consisted of one hundred and sixty acres. There was 
only one other homestead in the valley beyond 
where they lived. 

The original one and one-half story Chandler 
home, built from hewn logs, is still in good repair. 
The home has been re-roofed and siding placed over 
the logs, but it is the same old home as it was when 
it was built about 1885 or 1886. 

Three children were born on this homestead: 
Maude E. Chandler: Pearl M. Chandler; and Grace G. 
Chandler. 

In those days doctors were few. Children were 
born without the attendance of a doctor, and Mrs. 
Chandler was called upon throughout the length and 
breadth of the county to assist others through the 
ordeal of childbirth. She uncomplainingly shared 
adversity and never forgot her God in prosperity. 
Her needlework was in hundreds of homes. She was 
proud of her family. To her they were the living 
proof of faith, courage, and confidence. Mrs. 
Chandler lived during four wars and at the age of 
ninety three her mind was as clear as a bell and she 




Robert and Rowaine Chandler 



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Robert Austin and 
Rowaine Wells Chandler 

Robert Austin Chandler, son of Thomas E. and 
Alice Gray Chandler was born September 21, 1914 
near Leadore, Idaho. 

Rowaine Wells, born May 12, 1913, was the 
daughter of Jonathan Wesley and Malinda Ellen 
Wells. She was born at Mackay, Idaho. Robert and 
Rowaine were married February 25, 1950 in Salmon, 
Idaho. Their daughter is Reina Chandler, who is 
married to Ernest P. Webb. 

Robert has three children by a former marriage: 
Robert L. married to Roberta Swanson; Gary G. 
married to Dorothy Anderson; and Mary E. married 
to Starr Taylor. 

In 1934 Robert Chandler moved to Salmon, Idaho 
and worked on the Jr. High School. He worked for 
road contractors and for the Idaho State 
Department of Highways from 1940 until 1978 on 
heavy equipment. Since that time he still works at 
times for road contractors. His hobbies are hunting 
and fishing and enjoying the great outdoors. 

Rowaine came to Salmon in 1934 with her 
parents. In the fall she attended the Oregon State 
College at Corvallis. Then she went to work for 
Penny's and McPherson's. She has worked in many 
civic organizations in Salmon. 

Rowaine went to work for the Salmon School 
District 291 as clerk and secretary in 1938 and 
resigned in 1956. She served under three 
Superintendents; A. B. Anderson, Charles C. 
Dickerson, and J.B. Alexander. 

Rowaine has many hobbies, such as needlepoint, 
embroidering, woodwork and all different 
handicrafts, cooking and reading. She enjoys her 
family, her grandchildren, and other people. 

Robert and Rowaine and their family are active in 
the L.D.S. Church. 

— Robert Chandler 



Thomas Etna and Alice Gray Chandler 

Thomas Etna Chandler and Alice Gray were 
married March 26, 1904 in Dillon, Montana. Alice 
Gray was born June 16, 1881 in Bannock, Montana, 
the daughter of Robert Newton and Susan Emaline 
Ellis Gray. She spent her childhood in Bannock and 
Dillon where she attended the elementary and high 
schools. She was a graduate of the Dillon High 
School. 

Mr. and Mrs. Chandler made their home in 
Bannock for three years. They also lived at Dillon 
one year, then moved to Clarkston, Washington 




Thomas Etna and Alice Gray Chandler - 1904 

where they operated a fruit farm. Then later 
returned to Montana and settled at Point of Rocks 
near Twin Bridges. In 1910 the family came to Lemhi 
County and settled near Leadore where they 
engaged in ranching for twenty five years. They 
moved to Salmon in 1935 and continued ranching 
until 1946 when they retired. 

Thomas E. and Alice Gray Chandler were the 
parents of Vern Chandler, born in Bannock, 
Montana; Wilbur Chandler, born in Clarkston, 
Washington; Marie Chandler, born at Point of Rocks, 
near Twin Bridges, Montana; and Robert Austin 
Chandler, born near Leadore, Idaho. 

I, Robert, can remember the hardships and 
adversities this family experienced as well as many 
other families during the 1920's and 1930's. My 
father built the old log house where I was born. It 
was about 30X40 feet and only had split rails for 
chinking. My mother told me that during the winter 
of the year I was born, she had to wear her 
overshoes in the house all winter to keep from 
freezing her feet. 

The winter of 1918-19 was terribly cold. The 
mercury dropped to some sixty degrees below. 
Cattle and horses froze to death, mostly because 



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there was no feed. The only feed that was available 
was shipped in from the middle west. The corn was 
what saved some of the livestock. 

We raised sheep and cattle, hay and grain, and my 
father hauled ties to Leadore for the railroad. The 
price of cattle was about twelve dollars a head. 
Times were hard and we worked hard to make ends 
meet. 

After we chilren were grown, we appreciated our 
dear parents, and the hardships they experienced 
for us. 

My father's hobbies were hunting and fishing, 
camping and prospecting. My mother's hobbies were 
quilting, crocheting, and cooking, and making clothes 
for the family. 

— Robert Chandler 
Raymond and Margaret Cheney 

Arriving in Salmon during the fall of 1950 were 
Raymond and Margaret Cheney with their two 
children, Randy and Dorene, and Ebb and Nellie 
Richardson, Margaret's mother and step-father. 

Ebb and Nellie purchased the old Henry Neal 
ranch which was owned then by Verne and Elizabeth 
Studebaker. The ranch is located on Highway 28. 
about two miles from Salmon. 

As well as helping Ebb run the ranch, Ray worked 
for Elmer Whiting operating his heavy equipment. In 
exchange for pay, Ray used Elmer's equipment and 
land leveled almost the entire ranch, which greatly 
improved the land production. 

Ray and Margaret purchased the ranch from the 
Richardsons in the early 1960's. Ebb and Nellie have 
both passed away but Nellie celebrated her ninety 
seventh birthday before she died. She was born in 
Star Valley, Wyoming in 1894. 

In addition to the two children, Dorene and 
Randall, who were born in Ogden, Utah, four more 
children were born to Ray and Margaret. Kerrie was 
born in 1951. Debra in 1954, Renee in 1957, and 
Karen in 1962. They were all born in Steele 
Memorial Hospital. 

As a family they have loved living in Lemhi County 
and have enjoyed the beauty of the valley, the 
hunting and fishing, floating the rivers, skiing and 
sleigh riding, swimming at the Salmon Hot Springs, 
horse back riding, camping and sight seeing the 
many interesting things around the area. 

The four girls have married and moved away but 
Randy and Kerrie have chosen to live in this area. 
Randy and his wife, Debbie, have two children. Chris 
and Ashley. Randy served in the army and spent a 
year in Vietnam. He has a construction business and 
has built some beautiful homes. 

Kerrie is married to Jan and they have three 
lovely daughters, D'Lynn, D'Neill, and Nichole. Kerrie 



operates heavy equipment and drives semi-trucks. 
He has worked for Quinton Snook for several years 
and has done work for many around the area. 

More than half the Cheney's grandchildren were 
born at Steele Memorial Hospital. 

Dorene has four sons: Kevin, Richard, Justin, and 
Daren Jepperson. Debra has three children: Bryan, 
Rayanne, and Janalee Allred. Renee has two sons, 
Jason and Kelly Jenkins. Karen has two daughters, 
Marsha and Christine Smith, and a step-son. Rick 
Stocking. 

In addition to working with heavy equipment, Ray 
went to auctioneering school in Iowa and helped 
Colonel Lykins in his auction barn. Ray worked as an 
artifical inseminator for Cache Valley Breeding 
Association. He has served as President of Lemhi 
County Farm Bureau for several years as well as 
serving on the board. Ray worked for Salmon City 
water works running their equipment. He had a 
logging operation and has a sawmill and has built log 
homes. 

Margaret is a housewife and has spent many hours 
helping run the ranch, operating most of the farm 
equipment. She drove school bus for seventeen 
years and is also driving the Senior Citizen bus part 
time. 

The Cheneys are members of the L.D.S. Church. 
They had the opportunity to help build the church in 
Salmon and have had the opportunity of serving in 
many positions. The Cheneys say "We love our 
church, we love the Salmon area, and especially we 
love our many friends and neighbors in this beautiful 
Lemhi County." 

— Margaret Cheney 




BACK ROW: Randy, Ray, Kerrie, Dorene, and Margaret FRONT 
ROW: Deborah, Renee, and Karen Cheney 



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Clive Eldon and Jayne Cottrell Chipman 

Clive Eldon Chipman was born December 23, 1942 
at Salmon, Idaho to Laurence and Edna Davidson 
Chipman. There was an older brother and sister, 
Laurence and Linda. His brothers, Duane and Nathan 
and a sister, Deborah, arrived later. 

Clive and Duane were best of pals and did 
everything together from playing to 4-H to going to 
dances. Both of them went on a Spanish speaking 
L.D.S. Mission later. Clive attended school in 
Salmon, graduating in 1961. His strong interests in 
school were football, math and music. He went to 
the University of Idaho for one year and then served 
a mission to Argentina. 

After his mission, Clive continued his studies at 
BYU then returned to the University of Idaho where 
he received a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. 
He graduated with a Master's in Music Eductation in 
1969. In his senior year at college, Clive met Sara 
Jayne Cottrell, a blue-eyed blonde, and they were 
married. 

Jayne Cottrell was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 
1948 on her parent's eighth wedding anniversary. 
The family lived in Panama and Florida before her 
father quit his career as a doctor in the Navy and 
moved the family to Pennsylvania. Jayne loved 
Pennsylvania because of the snow and the woods. 
She used the memories of her home in Habertown, 
Pennsylvania to measure her fun times. 

Jayne had three wonderful parents: F. W. Cottrell, 
Miriam Louise Johnson Cottrell, and Eleanor Marie 
Slote Stiber Cottrell. Her real mother died when she 
was almost eight and her second mother has filled in 
ever since. There were two brothers, Frederick 
William and Jonathan West Cottrell. When her father 
remarried, her new mother brought Jayne a sister, 
Janet, from her first marriage. 

The family lived in Idaho Falls as Jayne entered 
first grade and later they moved to Nampa where 
she lived until she went to college. 

Clive and Jayne married in 1967 in the Idaho Falls 
Temple. They lived in Moscow during the school year 
and then lived at his parent's place during the 
summer, while he worked for the Forest Service. 

Their first child, Crystine, was born May 6, 1968 
while Clive was still in graduate school. Their other 
children include Donna (born January 24, 1970), 
Clive Edwin (born March 16, 1974), Michael Aaron 
(born August 12, 1976), Ethan Eldon (born July 31, 
1978). Irene Kay (born July 31, 1980), and Laura 
Lovina (born February 15, 1983). 

Clive taught music in the public schools for two 
years. First at College Place, Washington, then at 
Salmon. After that he worked for the Forest Service 
one year, and for Lemhi Lumber Company for one 
and a half years. He returned to school in Pocatello 
but found a job with Meadow Gold Dairies where he 




BACK ROW: Edwin, Crystine, Donna, and Michael Chipman 
FRONT ROW: Clive, Jayne, Irene, Laura, and Ethan Chipman 



worked until 1978. He started working for J. R. 
Simplot Company and has worked there since. 

Clive and Jayne and their family are active in the 
L.D.S. Church. They love to visit "the old home 
place" in Salmon occasionaly with their growing 
family. Their oldest daughter, Crystine, is married. 
She and her husband attend school in Logan, as 
does her sister, Donna. 

— Clive and Jayne Chipman 

Ezra and Clarissa Hess Chipman 

Clarissa Natalia was born in Farmington, Utah on 
June 21, 1880. She was the daughter of John W. 
and Frances Marion Bigler Hess. When she was 
sixteen years old she married Ezra Justin Chipman in 
the Salt Lake Temple. 

Ezra or Jesse as he was called, was the only living 
child of his parents, Sanford Porter and Nancy 
Arvina Porter Chipman. He was born on July 28, 
1874 in Centerville, Utah. As a young man he 
worked for the railroad and also the Utah Cattle 
Company in Grand Junction, Colorado, for several 
years. 

They first made their home in Centerville, Utah 
where their first four children were born: Winifred, 
Resi, Estes Hess or Buster, and John Roy or Jack. 
The grandparents also made their home with the 
family. Around 1904 the family moved to Basalt, 
Idaho, where they lived for about sixteen years. 

Clarissa went to work in the capacity of a mid-wife 
for Dr. Cutler in his hospital in Shelley. Her husband 
worked for the railroad and also for the Canal 
Company. 

It was while they lived in Basalt that Agnes 
Frances, twins Jerald Jay, and Jessie Malinda, 



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Laurence Douglas, Hilda Arvena. and Delvon Wilson 
were born. 

In 1920 Ezra decided to move the family to Sand 
Point, Idaho, but his son-in-law was familiar with the 
Salmon River Country and told him about the 
wonderful hunting and fishing opportunies here. So 
Ezra and his father, Sanford, decided to move to 
Salmon instead. 

They sold their property in Basalt and came to 
Salmon in a railroad car. Livestock, consisting of a 
team of horses, and six cows with calves, and 
chickens were all loaded in one end of the boxcar, 
and their furniture, bedding, and clothing, and their 
machinery were loaded in the other end. The family 
rode in a passenger car. They came by way of 
Armstead, Montana. 

The family arrived in Salmon June 19, 1920. It was 
late in the evening but beds still had to be set up 
and the animals had to be driven to their new home. 
It was too late to plant crops that year but they had 
hay and a crop of sunflowers that had been planted 
by the previous owner, which was used for silage. 

The L.D.S. Relief Society was organized here in 
April 1924 and Clarissa Chipman was chosen as the 
first president. During her years as President of the 
Relief Society, Clarissa lined caskets, dressed the 
dead, attended to the sick and dying, and helped 
deliver babies. She was a hard worker and trained 
her children to be the same. 




Ezra and Clarissa Chipman with granddaughter, Phyllis Black 



For years she and her children raised celery for 
market. She also churned and sold butter. Ezra 
worked at the fish traps at Lemhi. 

Ezra died November 20, 1938. Laurence continued 
to support the family and care for their ranch. 
Clarissa passed away in June 1949. 

— Edna Chipman 

Laurence Douglass and 
Edna Davidson Chipman 

Edna Lucile was born on February 28, 1915 to her 
parents, Amasa Alonzo and Henrietta Ellingford 
Davidson, in Burnt Fork, Wyoming. She was delivered 
by her father because the doctor, who lived forty 
miles away, had to stop and shoe his horse before 
making the trip to their house. He arrived the 
following day. Edna had four brothers and four 
sisters. 

There were frequent moves during Edna's 
childhood. Her father was a school teacher and 
rarely taught more than two years before moving on 
to the next school. He was also a farmer and that 
was the life he was used to. 

Edna went to mostly country schools until the 
eighth grade when the family moved to Sheridan, 
Wyoming. She went to high school and graduated 
there in 1934. 

Laurence was born in Basalt, Idaho on January 12, 
1913. His parents were Ezra Justin and Clarissa 
Natalia Hess Chipman. He had four brothers and five 
sisters. 

When he was seven years old, he moved to 
Salmon, Idaho with his family. They came on the old 
G & P Railroad. Their original home was on the same 
place where Edna and Laurence lived later. 

Laurence was schooled in the Salmon Public 
Schools, completing his Junior year. He never 
graduated from High School as it was necessary to 
help earn a living. He was especially interested in 
sports. 

Laurence and Edna met in the fall of 1934, when 
Edna visited the Chill Brown family in Salmon with 
her parents. Later on July 17, 1937 her family 
moved to Salmon and once again they met. It wasn't 
long before they were dating. 

Edna and Laurence were married on February 28, 
1938 at the home of A. V. Miller. Their marriage was 
later solemnized in the Logan Temple on August 2, 
1938. They are the parents of four sons: Laurence 
Davidson, Clive Eldon, Duane Spencer, and Nathan 
Alan. They had two daughters: Linda Kaye and 
Deborah Sue and also raised their niece, Phyllis 
LaRue Black. 

Some of Laurence's various jobs have been with 
Garrett Freightlines, Lemhi Lumber Company, 



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BACK ROW: Clive, Duane, Laurie, and Nathan Chipman FRONT 
ROW: Deborah, Edna, Laurence, and Linda Chipman and Phyllis 
Black 

Intermountain Sawmill, Calera Mine at Cobalt and 
the Idaho State Highway Department. 

Edna first worked in Salmon at Walker's Grill. That 
job ended the day before she got married. From 
then on her time was taken up with her family. 

When the oldest son started to college, Edna 
began to work outside the home again. She took 
Nurse's training at Steele Memorial Hospital in 
March 1961 and worked as a Licensed Practical 
Nurse for twenty five years until retirement in 1986. 
Laurence retired in 1978. 

The Chipmans have always been active members 
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 
Laurence held many positions including a councillor 
in the Bishopric and High Councilman. Edna worked 
in the Primary for thirty five years. They especially 
enjoyed genealogy, music, reading and Edna loved to 
quilt. 

Laurence passed away on March 3, 1988 of a 
massive stroke. Edna continues to live in the family 
home east of Salmon. There are twenty eight 
grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. 

— Edna Chipman 



Pat Lynn and Laura Chorn 

Pat Lynn Chorn was born May 5, 1954, in 
Missoula, Montana to Ralph W. and Natalie 
Shaunessy Chorn. He lived in the Bighole area in 
Montana until the age of three and then moved to 
Salmon, Idaho. He was raised by his father and 
grandmother, (Bessie Laura Chorn) and attended 
school in Salmon. He graduated from Salmon High 
School in 1973 and from Vocational Technical Heavy 
Equipment school at Weiser, Idaho in 1975. He was 
employed by Kelly Logging as an equipment operator 
and timber taller working in the Dubois, Ashton, 
Salmon, and areas in Montana. He was involved with 



the clean up of the Teton Dam flood in 1976 in the 
Rexburg area and in March 1977, he was awarded a 
Letter of Appreciation from Idaho Governor, John V. 
Evans, for his actions in helping to preserve the lives 
and eliminate further injuries resulting from the 
crash of a Columbia helicopter at the logging 
operation located on Squaw Creek, north of North 
Fork, Idaho. 

On September 17, 1977, Pat married Laura 
Gabettas, daughter of James and Marilynn Gabettas, 
in the Salmon United Methodist Church. Laura, the 
oldest of four children, was born September 5, 1955 
at Saint Benedict's Hospital, in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
She had two sisters, Chris Gabettas, Jennifer 
Gabbetas Jackson, and a brother, James Edward 
Gabettas. Laura graduated from Borah High School 
in 1973 and studied accounting at Boise State 
University. She moved to Salmon, Idaho and worked 
as a seasonal firefighter employed for the USDA - 
Forest Service. While employed for Kelly Logging, 
they resided in the Dubois and Ashton areas, 
returning to Salmon in 1979. Two children were born 
to this union, Andy Stuart Chorn and Amy Lynn 
Chorn. 

Pat was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a 
member of the Salmon Elk's Lodge 1620, BPOE, and 
attended the Faith Bible Chapel. Pat was employed 
by South Central Timber of Anchorage, Alaska from 
March 1982 until June 2, 1983 when he was killed in 
a logging accident at the job site at Icy Bay, Alaska 
by a falling tree which struck him from behind. He 
was survived by his wife, Laura; Andy, age five, and 
Amy, eleven months. Also surviving were his mother, 




BACK: Laura and Pat Chorn FRONT: Amy Lynn and Andy Stuart 
Chorn 



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Natalie Hecht of Moeise, Montana; two aunts, Mary 
Gill of Tendoy and Blanche Molden of Salmon; two 
uncles, Albert Chorn of Payette, and Claude Gill of 
Tendoy; three half-sisters, Margarie Knight of Avon, 
Montana; Aloha Pepper of Garden Grove, California; 
and Mary Burch of Sligman, Arizona. His sister, 
Eleanor Chorn of Montana, and two half-brothers. 
Bill and John Fairchild both of Montana. He was 
preceded in death by his father, Ralph W. Chorn, 
and grandparents, Sydney R. and Bessie Laura 
Chorn. Pat was buried June 7, 1983 in the Salmon 
Cemetery in Block Q. 

Andy was born on February 2, 1978, Groundhog's 
Day, at Steele Memorial Hospital in Salmon, Idaho. 
His grandfather, Eldon Gough, helped construct the 
hospital in 1949 on Main Street. Andy attended 
Pioneer Elementary and Salmon Junior High School 
and was an honor student. In 1991, Andy's name 
was engraved in a wood plaque with other members 
for academic achievement at the Salmon Junior 
High. He was active in freestyle wrestling, 
gymnastics. Little League Baseball, football and 
basketball programs. At the age of six, Andy qualified 
as an Idaho finalist to participate in the National 
Freestyle Wrestling finals in Antioch, California. 

Amy was born June 14, 1982, Flag Day, at Steele 
Memorial Hospital also. Amy was actively involved in 
dance, softball, piano, and 4-H. She lived with her 
family at 710 Lemhi Avenue until her mother 
remarried and they moved to 306 Washington 
Avenue. In August 1991, she was placed on the East 
Idaho 40H Honor Roll for a first year skirt 
project. Laura worked for First Security, Idaho First 
National Bank of Salmon, Salmon and Cobalt Ranger 
Districts as a seasonal firefighter for seven seasons 
and for Kelly Logging, before securing employment 
with the Division of Administration, Salmon District 
Bureau of Land Management. On June 27, 1987, she 
married Dennis H. Gough. Laura served various 
positions in the softball program, wrestling program, 
March of Dimes, Easter Seals, Idaho Mental Health, 
and Beta Sigma Phi. In 1984, she was honored with 
the "Outstanding Young Woman of the Year" award 
for her commuaity service. 

— Laura Chorn Gough 

Joseph H. and Ethel Christensen 

When Joseph Christensen first saw the Salmon 
River Valley in the spring of 1935, he said, "This is 
God's Country and this is where I want to live." So 
in May 1935, Joseph brought his wife, Ethel, and 
four children to Salmon from Bancroft, Idaho to live. 
He rented the old Studebaker building on the corner 
of St. Charles and Van Dreff Street and opened his 
blacksmith shop. Later he purchased this lot and 
replaced the old building with a new structure. In 



1971, when he retired, he sold his building to 
Howard Sims. 

Joseph Heber Christensen was born in Logan, 
Utah on December 29, 1895. He was the eleventh 
and last child of James Neils and Anna Sophia 
Jeppersen Christensen. When he was a baby, 
Joseph's father and oldest brother were killed in a 
snow slide in Logan Canyon, Utah, making it 
necessary for him to help support his mother all his 
working years. 

Ethel Selma Downs, his wife, was the second child 
of Joseph Hadkinson and Lena Caroline Sommers 
Downs and was born January 7, 1896 in Logan, 
Utah. Joseph and Ethel were married in the Logan 
L.D.S. Temple on June 16, 1916. Joseph took his 
bride to Tetonia, Idaho where he worked with his 
brothers in the blacksmithing business. Two children, 
Dorothy and Cleon, were born in Tetonia. They later 
moved to Driggs, Idaho where Mary Dale was born. 
Delton, their last child, was born in Bancroft, Idaho 
where Joseph and Ethel lived from 1931-1935. All 
their children except Dorothy graduated from 
Salmon High School. 




Ethel and Joe Christensen 

Joseph and Ethel purchased a home on Lena 
Street near his shop where they lived until his 
retirement in 1971. As the years moved on, 
blacksmithing became less in demand and Joseph 
became the agent for American Motor Company and 
Kelvinator appliances in conjunction with his 
blacksmithing business. The poem. The Village 
Blacksmith, by Longfellow could have been written in 
honor of Joseph Christensen. Many of the verses 
describe the kind of person he was — cheerful, 
happy, and always looking on the bright side. 

Joseph was active in the L.D.S. Church and in the 
Boy Scout program. He had a beautiful bass singing 
voice and was asked many times to sing at both 
church and civic affairs. Ethel was a talented public 



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speaker and was asked to perform at church and 
public functions. She, too, was active in the L.D.S. 
Church. She belonged to the Daughters of Utah 
Pioneers. She loved gardening and won many blue 
ribbons for her flower entries in local fairs. 

In 1970. Joseph was asked by the L.D.S. Church 
to go to Nauvoo, Illinois to restore the historic 
Mormon blacksmith shop. He put in place the forge, 
bellows, anvil and other equipment just as they were 
originally. He was one of the few men living who 
could do this job. After this work was completed, he 
was a guide and lecturer at the old blacksmith shop 
in historic Nauvoo. From 1972 until Joseph's death 
in 1982, he lived in their Fruit Heights, Utah home; 
working in the temple whenever he was able. He 
died December 13, 1982 at eighty six years of age, 
from heart failure. Ethel survived him seven years, 
passing away from natural causes on February 10, 
1989 at the age of ninety three. They were survived 
by four children, twelve grandchildren, and sixteen 
grandchildren. Their oldest daughter, Dorothy 
Levendofske, purchased her parent's home on Lena 
Street and still lives in Salmon. 

— Dorothy Levendofski 

Shauna Stephenson Christensen 

I was born to Coral McKee and John Junior 
Stephenson in Fillmore, Utah, on December 14, 
1948. I had an older brother, Gordon, and four more 
brothers yet to arrive, Thomas, David, Dean, and 
Cliff, when I came into this wonderful family. 
In my home town of Holden, Utah, I attended 
elementary school and I was in the last sixth grade 
graduating class from Holden Elementary. I attended 
Millard Junior High and High School located in 
Fillmore, Utah and graduated in May 1967. 

During school I was active in band, drill team, FHA, 
and type team. Outside of school during the 
summers I participated in 4-H and received a 
scholarship to Utah State University where I 
attended and graduated in June 1971 with a B.S. 
degree in Home Economics Education. 

June 25, 1971, I married Walter Bevan 
Christensen in Holden, Utah. We had four children 
born: Karlyle W., John Ivin, Diane, and Melissa. 
Walter and I divorced in September 1977. I 
continued to live in Holden, Utah until June of 1981. 
At that time I moved to Salmon, Idaho with my 
parents, brothers and their families. Our new home 
was called the Stephenson Hereford Ranch located 
eight miles east of Salmon on Highway 28. 

My first job in Salmon was with Jim Bills, working 
as a cashier at the Saveway supermarket. I checked 
groceries and stocked shelves for one year. In 
August 1982, I began working for Dr. Richard M. 
Young as a chair assistant and receptionist. I also 
helped Barbara with the bookkeeping. 



While working for Dr. Young and Barbara, they 
encouraged me to go back to school. In August 
1984, I packed up my children and few belongings 
and moved to Moscow, Idaho, where I attended the 
University of Idaho, graduating with a B.S. degree in 
Elementary Education, June 1986. 

I returned to Salmon with my children in the 
summers. I spent time acting and making costumes 
for the Salmon River Playhouse. My children like to 
spend time with their grandparents and cousins at 
the ranch. Fishing in the Lemhi River is one of 
John's favorite sports as well as hunting ducks and 
Elk in season. Karl and John also like to participate 
in the Salmon River Days Triathlon. For the past 
three summers Karl has entered the Lemhi Valley 
Century ride, coming in first, two of those years. 
Diane and Melissa have spent rainy days and nights 
camping up 4th of July Creek with the young women 
of the L.D.S. church. 

Summer wouldn't be summer if we couldn't return 
to the Lemhi Valley. This has been a routine since 
the summer of 1985. 

Another activity that my children and I 
participated in several times was the Community 
Christmas Choir under the direction of Barbara 
Young. We made lasting frien>Hships during the many 
practices that were held. 

After graduating from the University of Idaho, I 
obtained employment with the school district in Twin 
Falls, Idaho. I have been teaching math and reading 
to seventh graders for five years now. 

I owe much of my success to Dr. Young and 
Barbara. They gave me the courage and the 
strength to travel down new paths and open new 
doors. 

— Shauna Christensen 




BACK ROW: Melissa, Diane, Shauna, Karl, and John Christensen 
FRONT ROW: Grandma Stephenson 



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Maude Leota Chriswell 

Maude Leota (Chriswell) Pratt, born July 15, 1906, 
and her husband Raymond Harris Pratt, born May 
11, 1876 in Kentucky, came back to Lemhi County 
with their four children in about 1930 or 1931. 
Maude and Ray divorced. Maude was then about 
twenty four years old, with no training for any kind 
of job and she was faced with raising her children all 
alone. Theodore was a little man at age eight, Jeanie 
was about six, Keith about three, and Julia about 
one. It was depression years and times were very 
hard but Maude loved her children and did many 
things to supplement living on welfare. She could 
crochet beautifully so she made doily sets and 
raffled them and at times she bootlegged liquor until 
the law caught up with her! 




Raymond H. and Maude L. Pratt in early 1930 



After Pearl Harbor, in January 1942, Theodore 
joined the Army. He spent the next four years in 
England, Northern Ireland, France and Germany. On 
his return he married Minnie Morris. They divorced. 
He married Arlene Hibbs. His children: sons Creed, 
Tony, Mickey, Marty, and David, and daughters 
Terry, Theo Ann, Jo Ella, and Jayme. 

While visiting friends and relatives in Buhl, Idaho 
Jean married Johnny Turner. They divorced. She 
then married H. Warner Van Hoose. Their early 
years were spent in Portland, Oregon where Warner 
was employed in the shipyards. Her children: 
Vernon, Rusty, Wayne, and Jennifer. She has two 
step children: Jerry and Janet. 

Keith went to work logging soon after finishing the 
eighth grade. He spent one and a half years in 
Portland also working in the shipyards. He stayed 
with friends. Lulu Fackrell and her daughters, Helen 
and Fern, of Carmen, who had gone there to work 
and help in the war effort. Keith learned how to play 
the guitar. In due time he became quite a musician 
and played for many dances in Lemhi County. Keith 
married first to Shirley Rolland, second to Carol 
Jewett, and third to Bonnie Hughes. His children: 
Mark, Timothy and Michael (twins), and Stanley. His 
stepchildren: Karen, Ron, Pat, and Cathy. 

The fall of 1943 Julia went to Portland and stayed 
with her sister Jean and Warner until she found work 
doing light housework and babysitting while 
attending the ninth grade at Grant High School. 

She quit school the next year after half way 
through the Sophomore year and went to work in a 
plywood factory in Vancouver, Washington, just 
across the river from Portland (She lied about her 
age and said she was eighteen when she was really 
fifteen). Later she stayed with friends in Buhl, Idaho. 
By the winter of 1945-46. Julia was again living with 
sister Jean and Warner, who had left the shipyards 
and had settled at Butte, Montana. It was at Butte 
that Julia married her childhood sweetheart, Wayne 
A. Randolph, April 16, 1946. Their children: 
Christina, Cathleen, Collette, Chloe, and Charles. 



The children received their schooling at Salmon 
and Gibbonsville. 

Maude married John Jakovac, born January 16, 
1907 at Boise, Idaho about 1939 or 1940. He was a 
logger and a miner. Things were a bit easier 
financially then but there was a lot of dissention 
between Maude and John because of the children. 
This was due to the fact that John was young and 
also that he had no children of his own. 

Before Maude died on July 29, 1943, she worked 
as cook at the Smoke House Cafe and the Cafe of 
Sarah Andrews. Sarah was a good friend and 
remained at the side of Maude until her last breath. 
Maude is buried in the Salmon Cemetery. John 
resides in a care center at Dillon, Montana. 



-Julia Randolph 



Bill and Minnie Clark 



Bill started ranching on the Big Lost River with his 
father. During the Depression, the local bank failed, 
causing them to be unable to meet their bills. As a 
consequence, they lost their homestead. In 1927, 
Bill came to Lemhi Valley where he obtained 
employment working on the construction of Highway 
28 from Haynes Creek to Lemhi. At this time he 
decided to make the valley his home. In 1928 Bill 
moved his family from Mackay to Hayden Creek 
Basin. 



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Minnie Vezina grew up in the Leadore area. She 
had three sisters and two brothers. Her mother's 
parents came from Sweden, crossing the ocean on a 
ship that sank on its return voyage. They were 
ranchers. Her father's parents were natives. He was 
a miner. 

In the fail of 1931, Bill and Minnie married and set 
up housekeeping in a tent on the home ranch. In the 
spring of 1932 they rented a small ranch on the 
Bohannon Bar near Salmon and ran a band of sheep 
in the hills. In 1936 they purchased their first ranch 
at Lemhi. Times were tough. They had purchased 
the ranch on a two year contract for deed and only 
by the greatest sacrifice were they able to play out. 
Their three daughters were born on this ranch. 

A few years later they purchased another ranch 
near Leadore. In 1944 they sold the upper Lemhi 
property and purchased the Lee Ranch near Salmon. 
Over the years, they added three adjoining ranches. 
Total irrigated acreage was about twelve hundred 
acres. This ranch was the home of their dreams, 
surrounded by the beautiful mountains on the Lemhi 
River. 

They sold their sheep and replaced them with 
commercial cattle. In the spring all they had to do 
was open their gates and the cattle would go to the 
range themselves. They purchased their first 
registered cattle in 1952, thirty head of heifers from 
Mahaffey Livestock and a herd bull from Emmett 
Reese. 




BACK ROW: Minnie, Bill, and Mary Clark FRONT ROW: Wilma and 
Eileen Clark 



Their daughters wanted to be in 4-H so they gave 
them one heifer each. This started their long 
support of the 4-H program. Each year they 
attended the 4-H fair Livestock Sale and purchased 
many animals. 

Their oldest daughter, Mary, married Vergil Olson 
in 1948. They have four sons and two daughters. 
Wilma married Paul Fisher in 1957. They have four 



daughters and one son. Eileen married Dan French 
in 1962. They have three sons and one daughter. 
Mary passed away in 1977. This was a very tragic 
loss to them. All their daughters and son-in-laws 
ranch in Salmon. 

They have fifteen grandchildren, twenty nine great 
grandchildren as of 1990. They both received many 
awards. Bill was inducted into the Northern 
International Livestock Hall of Fame at Billings in 
1983, and into the Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of 
Fame in 1987. They both received the prestigious 
"Friend of 4-H" award. Minnie was Farm Bureau 
"Wife of the Year" in 1982. They were semi-active in 
ranching when Bill passed away in 1988 and Minnie 
in 1989. The following poem was written by Minnie 
Clark: 

LEMHI VALLEY 
I lived in a picturesque Valley 
A peaceful land to me. 
Where the streams run down from the 
mountains 

To let the trout swim free 
The beautiful home of my childhood 
Stands out in my memory so clear. 
It seems to grow more beautiful 
In this valley year by year. 
Tourists love to come here 
To fish and hunt wild game. 
They camp on the streams in summer 
And live up to the valley's fame. 
This little county of Lemhi 
With friendly neighbors as you see, 
Is as inviting to other people 
As it is for you and me. 



■Tracy Olson 



Daniel Clark 



Daniel Clark moved his motherless family to 
Hayden Creek in the spring of 1928, or rather his 
second son really moved them. Dan was in the 
hospital in Boise at the time of the actual move. 
Several reversals in health, besides the loss of his 
wife, who died August 5, 1923 and the loss of his 
ranch due to the Wood's Livestock Company taking 
the water rights to his ranch along with others, 
caused them to seek greener pastures. 

William Daniel Clark and his wife came to Lemhi 
County in 1927 with Christian and Daisy Nielsen and 
their daughters, lona and Mary. He went back over 
the mountains to Mackay and loaded the machinery 
and household good's and furniture on the wagons 
and with he and his sister, Senora, driving the 
wagons and Lloyd riding with them. Freda and Eldon 
rode saddle horses and drove the twelve or fourteen 
milk cows. It took them several days, coming 



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through Dickey, Challis, Salmon, Baker, Tendoy and 
up Hayden Creek to the Tom Ramsey place. Daniel 
Clark joined them later that year - driving a herd of 
horses over. 

As the Basin Creek school had closed the previous 
year, Freda, Lloyd and Eldon lived in the old store 
building by the bluff of the rocks at Lemhi, which 
they rented from Mr. Ramsey, who was the 
proprietor of the Lemhi Store. They attended the 
Lemhi School. These three children attended school 
in Salmon for about three months before going to 
live with their sister, Senora, who married Merrill 
Brown and was living where Isabell Whitson now 
resides - just across the river from Dorothy Peterson 
at the mouth of Hayden Creek. The boys attended 
Lemhi School again and Freda went to high school 
at Leadore. 

The next year the Browns had moved up Sandy 
Creek and lived in the house right below the road 
where Boyd and Lorna Andrews now live. Lloyd and 
Elden again spent the winter with them and attended 
Sandy Creek School. 

Finally the family was able to be together again 
when Dan leased the Arvey Carlson place at Tendoy. 
Freda, Lloyd and Eldon finished their schooling while 
they were there. The boys went to Tendoy until they 
started high school in Leadore. Freda met Charles 
Stout, who drove the bus, and later married him. 

In the meantime, Bill married Minnie Vezina and 
they went out to herd the community band of sheep 
on Wimpey Creek. Mr. Clark built up his cow herd 
and when Mr. Carlson sold the Tendoy place in 
1941, he leased the Barrows ranch above Leadore 
from Phil Woolwine, who had just purchased it. Eldon 
and his father bought the Eldo Stroud place in 1945. 
Eldon soon left for the army and Lloyd helped him 
run the ranch until it was sold. He sold the main part 
of the place to Eldon after his discharge from the 
service, retaining some acres along the main Lee 
Creek to Leadore road, until he sold it to the Shiner 
family. 

Eldon married Harriet Elizabeth Reagle on August 
23, 1945 in Missoula, Montana. Lloyd married Beva 
Clark May 12, 1942 at Salmon. Edward, the oldest 
son, married Joy Brown at Challis, Idaho and they 
were later divorced. He then married Sarah Eckersell 
of Idaho Falls in 1945. This marriage also ended in 
divorce as did a later marriage to Cecile Carlson of 
May, Idaho. 

In his later years Mr. Clark spent his time living 
with Freda, Lloyd, and Eldon. He had several serious 
illnesses and accidents and had the grief of losing 
two young daughters, two wives and a son before he 
passed away October 28, 1958. 



— Beva Lue Park Clark 



Joseph Marion Clark 

Joseph Marion Clark was born November 18, 1863 
in Minnesota to Joseph Jennings Clark and Malinda 
A. Holt who were from New Hampshire. His mother 
died when he was six years old, leaving his father to 
raise the six children, ages one to fourteen. Joseph's 
father was a freighter and gold miner. The lure of 
gold brought him to California in 1850. He made 
several trips from the east to the gold fields finally 
bringing his family with him. His wife became ill and 
he decided to take his family east again. They only 
traveled as far as the Sierra Nevada Mountains when 
Melinda passed away and was buried along the trail 
in a lonely grave. Joseph Jennings and his family 
prospected in California, Oregon, and Idaho settling 
for a time near the Jordan Valley - Silver City area. 

Joseph Marion's two older sisters were married 
the same day, September 19, 1876 in Silver City, 
Owyhee, Idaho. After a time Nancy and her husband, 
James Timmons, moved to a ranch near Parma, 
Idaho where they raised their family and lived out 
their lives. Josephine and her husband, John Mack 
Steele, moved to Montana where they owned a large 
ranch somewher in the vicinity of Fort Benton and 
lived for twenty years. They came to Lemhi County 
in the early 1900's. 

Joseph Marion was a talented man. As his 
daughter, Rose, stated, "My father was a genius. He 
could do anything." At one time he wrote a small 
book The Gold Tracer, a practical guide for 
prospectors and miners. He located many strikes in 
his time, one of these near Prairies City, Canyon, 
Oregon was so large he hired men to guard him and 
his family as they drove to Boise City with their 
nuggets. This strike was so large it kept the family in 
gold for several years. He usually sold these claims 
and moved on. He had horses and raced some of 
them for a time. He was a friend of Charles Russell, 
meeting him when they worked together as cowboys 
in Montana. Perhaps while they rode for John M. 
Steele. 

He was a self-taught fiddle player and played for 
dances at the rural school houses. That is where he 
met his wife. Edith Josephine Decker was a red- 
haired schoolmarm. They were married at Bellevue, 
Idaho January 20, 1888. Her mother and 
grandfather had come to the Boise Valley area prior 
to 1870 from Minnesota. Joseph and Edith had five 
children, Liliie Juanita, Joseph Marion, Frances Rose, 
Chester C, and Hazen. The family lived in tents and 
covered wagons in the summer and cabins in the 
winter as they traveled and prospected for several 
years in Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. They settled 
in Lemhi County about 1893. Joseph tried farming 
but was unsuccessful. He was better at prospecting. 
In July 1905 he had taken two of his young sons 
with him to Napias Creek to locate a claim. His 



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oldest son, Joseph Marion, became ill one evening 
and by morning he had passed away. Probably from 
appendicitis. This was a terrible blow to Joseph and 
Edith. He never fully recovered and passed away the 
following spring, February 18, 1906. His father, 
Joseph Jennings Clark, survived him by seven years, 
passing away in Salmon October 20, 1913 at his 
daughter Josephine's home. 

— Barbara W. Stenerson 

Lloyd and Beva Park Clark 

Lloyd and Beva Clark came to the Lemhi Valley in 
different years and met while riding the river bus to 
school at Leadore in 1938. Lloyd was a mighty 
Senior and Beva a lowly Freshman. 

Eva Burton and Daniel McGinnis Clark welcomed 
Lloyd into their family of two sons and three 
daughters on August 15, 1917 at their home on 
Barton Flat near Mackay, Idaho. One other son later 
completed this family. Two older half sisters were 
raised by a brother and two sisters of Daniel in 
Boise. Lloyd is the only survivor. His mother died ten 
days before Lloyd's sixth birthday. 

In the spring of 1928, in true pioneer style, the 
Clark family entered the valley by team drawn 
wagons, hauling household furnishings and farm 
machinery. The cattle were driven by two of the 
children on horseback. Lloyd was suffering from 
osteomyelitis of the left femur and was in a cast, so 
he was limited to riding on the wagon. The route was 
through Challis and down the Salmon River on the 
old road, parts of which can still be seen. Along the 
mountains above the present Highway 93 and into 
Salmon, then up the Lemhi on the old road to 
Hayden Basin. 

The three youngest children attended school in 
Salmon, Sandy Creek, Tendoy, Lemhi and Leadore, 
where Lloyd graduated high school in 1939. 

Beva was the first of two daughters born to 
George Albert and Kittie Lue Hardwick Park. She was 
born on October 31, 1923 at Annis, Idaho. They 
came to Lemhi County in May 1938, along the 
present Highways from Challis to Salmon and then 
to Lemhi, via the old dirt road. She attended four 
years of high school at Leadore, graduating in April 
1942, after attending elementary schools at Annis, 
Bernice and Challis. 

They were married on May 12, 1942 and spent 
their first summer together at May, Idaho. Since 
then they have sought their livelihood on two 
different ranches near Leadore, except for part of 
the winter of 1942 and 1943, when they were at 
Lemhi. The ranch oh which they presently reside 
was purchased from Sid and Bessie Chorn on July 
15, 1947 and the log house was moved from 



Gilmore in 1960. They raise sheep, cattle, and hay. 
Their four children, Larry, Ann, Steve, and Eva 
attended twelve years in and graduated from 
Leadore schools. They have eleven grandchildren. 

They have been involved with ranching all their 
lives. Both Lloyd and Beva belong to the Leadore 
Grange and various cattle and sheep organizations. 
Beva and the children are members of the L.D.S. 
Church and were active in 4-H. Lloyd was 
instrumental in organizing the Upper Lemhi County 
Wool Pool and was a director for several years then 
and after this group consolidated with the Lemhi 
County Pool. 

As they were married the spring after the start of 
World War II, their only transportation was by saddle 
horse or team drawn wagon, unless a good neighbor 
happened to be going to town. Dances, house 
parties and picnics were the social diversions. One 
time Lloyd rode his horse to the near neighbors and 
got a picnic organized, but forgot to ask anyone to 
stop by for his family on Sunday. Imagine their 
disappointment as they watched from a distance as 
all the Pick-ups went to Timber Creek without them! 
All they could see was the dust on the road about a 
mile across sagebrush flat. Lloyd hooked the horses 
to the wagon and they drove to some other 
neighbors some farther distance away. 

— Beva Lue Park Clark 



Joseph and Annie Coates 

Joseph E. Coates, son of John Paul and Elizabeth 
Smith Coates, was born in Mr. Pleasant, Utah, 
September 19, 1870. As a small child, he had what 
is now known as polio. That left him with one leg 
shorter than the other and he walked through life 
with a limp. 

Joe was interested in farming and music and was a 
member of the Rowdy Band of Mt. Pleasant. This 
twelve-piece band posed as "The Devil and his 
Imps" on a decorated old hayrack, which was drawn 
by four white horses. They won "The Best Prize 
Entry" of twenty five dollars in the town parade. Joe 
played the accordian and harmonica and was 
considered a good musician. 

He met Ana Hansine Gunderson, a pretty Danish 
and Norwegian girl, at the Fourth of July celebration. 
Annie was the daughter of Jens and Birthe Marie 
Pederson or Sorensen, born in Mt. Pleasant, Utah 
March 9, 1874. She helped her mother with the 
home and family until she was fifteen, then left 
home to work. She was working at a hotel as 
chambermaid for seventy five cents a week when 
she met Joseph Coates. They were married October 
18, 1893 in the Manti Temple at Manti, Utah. Joe 
was twenty three and Annie was nineteen. They had 



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.■Mil 

Joe and Annie Coates with six of their children 



five children, including twins, while living in Mt. 
Pleasant. They were: Nathan, James (Yens), Ivan, 
and Melvera and Devere. 

The family moved by train to Carey, Idaho, in 
November 1902, settling on the Case Ranch. Joe fed 
cattle to earn money to feed his family. In 1903 they 
homesteaded a one hundred sixty acre ranch on 
Fish Creek. They cut logs along the river and built a 
one room cabin. The next year another room was 
added. They raised hay and grain, a few cows, pigs, 
and chickens. Then they bought one thousand 
sheep. 

Three more children were born on the ranch: 
Rhea, Evan, and Milda. Tragedy came to the family 
when the twin boy died of leakage of the heart on 
November 15, 1912. 

As the two older boys, Nathan and Yens grew up, 
they learned to play several instruments and along 
with their father, played for dances each week in the 
schoolhouse. After Nathan married, his wife. Vera, 
joined the group on the piano. It was common to 
hear a knock on the door and the entire community 
yell "Surprise." The rugs were rolled back and there 
would be a dance. Joe played the accordian. Yens 
the violin, Nathan the guitar, and Vera the piano. At 
midnight all kinds of food was served, brought by the 
people who came. Everyone had a great time. 

Joe found it necessary to move again due to 
shortage of irrigation water needed for good crops. 
In April 1924, Joe, Annie, Evan and Milda moved to 
Salmon, Idaho traveling by covered wagon. A milk 
cow was led behind a supply wagon for available milk 
and a hayrack of hay behind it for the fifty head of 
cows and horses Joe was driving by saddle horse. 
Annie and the kids drove the wagons. It took 
thirteen days of steady travel along the narrow trail 
from Carey to Salmon. 

They leased a ranch until they were able to 
purchase forty seven acres two miles from town on 
St. Charles Street. Here they built a home and 
resumed farming, later selling part of the farm to 
son. Yens. 



They later sold their place and went to live with 
their daughter, Vera, in Carey. Annie suffered a 
stroke and passed away January 23, 1948 at the age 
of seventy four. Joe continued to live in Carey until 
his death June 4, 1954 at the age of eighty four. 
Both are buried in the Carey cemetery. 

— E let ha Daniels 

Yens and Rena May Holbrook Coates 

Rena May Holbrook was born in 1901. As a girl 
she lived with a family at Hayden Basin. When she 
was ready for the eighth grade she lived with family 
friends, the Kirkhams. at Tendoy. She and Margaret 
Kirkham graduated from eighth grade. Rena was well 
liked by all who knew her. She went to Missoula, 
Montana where she lived with a cousin while going 
to high school. Later she went to Salt Lake City, 
Utah, staying with her Aunt Bernice Byrd Sharkey, to 
take a business course and learn to play the 
mandolin. She returned to Salmon and played and 
sang at dances with her brother. Bryan, in the upper 
valley around Salmon. 

In her early twenties she married Yens Coates. 
Once while visiting her doctor during an illness he 
told her "For God's sake, girl, never have a baby. 
You are built too small." But Rena and Yens both 
wanted children. So she went to Dr. Wright and he 
told her it would make a "well" woman out of her. 
She became pregnant and she and the baby died at 
childbirth. 

— Holbrook family 




Yens and Rena Coates 



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Yens L. and Ruth Coates 

James Leroy (Yens) Coates was born February 14, 
1897 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, the second son of Joe 
and Annie Coates. In November 1902, at the age of 
five, he moved with his parents to Carey, Idaho. His 
childhood was spent on the Fish Creek ranch that 
his parents had homesteaded. He helped on the 
ranch and went to school. During this time, he 
decided to change his name from James to Yens. He 
had been named after his maternal Grandfather, 
Jens Gunderson, and he preferred the Norwegian 
version for the name James. 

Yens and his brothers and other young people of 
the community went to dances in horse drawn 
sleighs during the winter. As many as six couples 
could ride on a sleigh, enjoying the sound of the 
bells on the harnesses and the crunch of the horses 
hooves on the snow. 

As Yens grew older, he played the violin in the old 
time band, with his father on the accordian and 
brother, Nathan, on the guitar. After Nathan 
married, his wife joined the group with her piano 
skills. 

Yens was called to the first World War in 1918 and 
was stationed at Camp Lewis, Washington. The war 
ended just as he was going over seas. He went back 
to Carey and worked a few years, wanting to go to 
school to be a doctor. Due to the lack of money, he 
decided to move to Salmon, where he worked on a 
ranch for Tom Kane. 

On July 30, 1924 he married Rena May Holbrook, 
daughter of Charles and Jessie Schrader Holbrook 
and was born May 27, 1901 at Baker, Idaho. The 
young couple lived on the Tom Kane ranch until 
Rena passed away due to complications of 
childbirth. The baby. Yens Jr., was stillborn April 3, 
1927. Rena passed away a week later on April 10, 
1927. Both are buried in the Salmon Cemetery. 

While working on the John McKinny ranch in the 
Baker area, he met Ruth Negus, daughter of Charlie 
and Rhoda Negus of Lemhi. The young couple 
married March 14, 1929 in Salmon and lived on the 
McKinny ranch. On December 9, 1929 a baby girl, 
Eletha Sharon, blessed this union. They continued 
working on the ranch until 1935 when they 
purchased an acreage from Yens's father on South 
St. Charles Street. They built a small cabin to live in 
and started their own farming operation. A son, 
James Lloyd, was born June 10, 1935. Another son 
joined the happy family July 27, 1940 and was 
named Keith Edward. By this time Yens had built a 
two bedroom home. 

In the spring of 1946 Yens went to Chicago. 
Illinois, entering the- College of Swedish Massage to 
learn to be a Massage Therapist. He graduated and 
came back to Salmon to start his own business. The 
farm was sold and a home bought in town where he 



continued his work. 

In 1954 they moved to Great Falls, Montana 
where he worked as a Massage Therapist until his 
death April 24, 1966. He had a military funeral and 
is buried in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Great Falls. 

Ruth continued to live in Great Falls until 1970, 
when she moved back to Salmon, living there until 
her death on August 20, 1979 at Steel Memorial 
Hospital. She was buried beside Yens in Sunset 
Memorial Gardens in Great Falls, Montana. 

— Eletha Daniels 




Ruth and Yens Coates, with Ruth's mother Rhoda Negus 



Maurice and Betty Cochran 

In 1946 Maurice established a home in Salmon 
having the chance to take over management of a 
store. He operated and eventually acquired 
ownership of the store at 509 Main Street and 
retired from there in 1977. 

Betty Sheppard arrived in 1948. She became the 
Home Economics instructor at Salmon High School. 
Betty retired in 1977, having completed fifteen years 
of teaching. 

Maurice was the son of 0. W. and Catherine 
Brennan Cochran and was from South Dakota where 
his parents homesteaded. Betty was from Bozeman, 
Montana, graduated from Montana State University, 
her father, Dr. Sheppard, was head of the Chemistry 
Department of that school. Her mother was Dorothy 
McConnell. 

Maurice and Betty were married in St. Charles 



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Maurice and Betty Cochran - Wedding Day 1951 

Catholic Church in 1951. They have lived in the 
same, although expanded, house all their married 
life. They are the parents of four children. All are 
graduates of Salmon schools and Idaho Universities. 
All were active in school and received various 
honors. Three of the children left Salmon to pursue 
careers. Catherine is a registered Pharmacist in 
Salmon. 

The family has been active in their church. They 
feel fortunate to have had the store. Each of the 
children worked and gained valuable experience. The 
parents feel that the key was they never let store 
work interfere with school progress and activities. 

Betty was advisor to the Future Homemakers 
Club. One fond recollection is that she was selected 
to chaperone the Idaho delegation to the National 
Convention at Kansas City. In retirement Betty 
continues to be active. She is a member of Beta 
Sigma Phi, Delta Kappa Gamma and of the Retired 
Teachers Brunch group. She was a long time 
member of Business and Professional Women. 

Since retirement, Maurice has served on the City 
Council. He is happy to have been in on the planning 
of the new City Park and particularly the golf course. 
He helped start the O.F.S. men's golf league, and 
enjoyed doing publicity in this regard. He has 
become a certified reading instructor. Betty has over 
three hundred hours volunteer work at the Public 
Library to her credit. 

They have four grandchildren. 

Affiliations for Maurice include: Chamber of 
Commerce, Elks, Volunteer Firemen, Toastmasters, 
and PTA. He has held presiding offices in all of them. 

Both have been active in boy and girl Scouting - 
Betty was a Girl and Cub Leader - Maurice was 
District Chairman. Both have been Department 
Superintendents for Lemhi County Fairs. They are 
charter members of the Salmon Arts Council. Betty 
has given away dozens of stuffed toys, which with 



the sewing, take up a great deal of her time. 

Maurice organized boy's baseball and continued 
coaching for many years. He became certified as an 
Idaho High School Referee making it possible to 
schedule local football games. 

Maurice was on the Hospital Board and the county 
Welfare Board. He participated in the Salmon River 
Playhouse and received Actor Awards. 

It is estimated that he was asked to be Master of 
Ceremony for over one hundred banquets, 
conventions etc. This he really enjoyed. He says that 
he has introduced almost every Governor, Senator, 
and Congressman for the last forty years. His 
"down-home" humor seems to be appreciated. 

— Maurice Cochran 

Charles and Mary Ellen Bell Cockrell 

Charles Washington Cockrell Sr. was born June 24, 
1849 to George H. and Sarah Cockrell in Washington 
D.C. Records tell us that they lived in Dumfries, 
Virginia. After the Civil War, at the age of twenty 
one. Charles came west on the train to Ogden, Utah 
with his brother, Joe. 

Kester Cockrell, a grandson, told this story: "The 
family didn't have much money during the Civil War. 
Every time the soldiers came to town they would 
hide so they wouldn't be killed. When it was cold in 
the morning they would run the cows out of their 
bedding ground so the soldiers could warm their 
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Kester also related how George Cockrell told his 
son that if they came west they would not be able to 
trust anyone and that if he met an honest man he 
would have hair in the palm of his hand. 

Charles was married to Mary Ellen Bell December 
25, 1878 in Ogden, Utah. They moved to Idaho 
Territory a little later and Charles drove a freight 
wagon out of Utah to Salmon, Idaho until the 
railroad came to Red Rock, Montana. 

Charles' half brother, George Cockrell, helped Joe 
and Charles get started in freighting for Governor 
Shoup. Then he went to Deer Lodge, Montana. 
Charles homesteaded forty acres of ground on the 
outskirts of Salmon and later bought forty acres 
more. 

Charles wasn't very tall and it is said that to 
harness a horse he had to stand on a box. He was a 
very gentle man and couldn't understand when 
people would go hunting for the sport of killing 
animals. He always packed a gun but never used it 
unnecessarily. 

After the train came in there was a race to be the 
best freighter. Governor Shoup used to say that the 
Cockrells were the first to make a run to Challis and 
the butter was not melted. The Cockrells drove the 
last freight wagon out of Utah and also the last in 
Idaho according to history. 

After Charles quit freighting, he became the 
Rawleigh man and traveled all over Lemhi Valley 
taking goods to people. He started out in a buggy 
called a surrey. When cars came, he had a station 
wagon. He stayed in the homes of people as he 
made his rounds. Everyone looked forward to his 
visit because most people did not come to town very 
often. 

Charles was active all his life. He died at the age 
of eighty one from blood poisoning. He died July 4, 
1930. 

Charles's wife, Mary Ellen Bell, was born January 
6, 1861 in Ogden, Utah to Henry James Bell and 
Rhoda Jane Lish. Mary's father helped many people 
to move west. When Mary was very young old she 
fell into the camp fire and was gravely burned. All 
they had to doctor her with was oil. They would 
always tell her to "take it like a lady." Mary Bell had 
a spunky nature and one day she took the bottle of 
oil, flung it at her grandfather, telling him to "take it 
like a lady." 

Charles and Mary Ellen had four children: Belle, 
(whose birthday was November 8), Charles 
Washington Jr., (born November 9, 1881), Ora Jay 
(born November 16, 1883), and Raymond Harvey 
(born January 9, 1895). 

Mary Ellen was ill for many years and was treated 
for stomach cancer. She died March 27, 1919. 



— Beverly Cockrell 




Charles and Gertrude Cockrell with Kester Cockrell, Mary 
Cockrell Rees, and Nellie Cockrell 

Charles and Gertrude Coles Cockrell 

Charles Washington Cockrell Jr. was born 
November 9, 1881 to Charles Washington Sr. and 
Mary Ellen Bell Cockrell. As a young boy Charles 
helped water and feed the horses and helped his 
mother take care of chores at home while his father 
was away on a freighting trip. It took seven days to 
make a run from Salmon to Red Rock, Montana and 
home again. There were cows to milk, chickens to 
feed, water to carry to the house and wood to chop. 

Charles went to school for four years. Because he 
was so good in math and reading and because he 
was not needed at home at this time, he started to 
go on the trips with his father and Uncle Joe. They 
were never afraid of the Indians because the flour 
and sugar were hidden under the other freight. All 
the Indians wanted was liquor which Grandpa 
Cockrell would never haul. 

After the train came in to Salmon, he started to 
haul freight to Challis and other places to keep the 
business going. Times changed and Cockrells looked 
for new ways to make a living. He raised sheep, 
cows, pigs, and potatoes on the ranch. 

Charles Washington Cockrell Jr. married Gertrude 
Viola Coles March 26, 1902. 

Gertrude Viola was born December 11, 1884 in 
Mineral Point, Wisconson, daughter of Daniel Coles 



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and Mary Eliza Tay. The Coles family moved to 
Salmon when Gertrude was eight years old. They 
came by train. They lived on a ranch four miles from 
town on the old Lemhi road. She rode a horse to 
the Bridge School, crossing the river every day. She 
finished the eighth grade. She was twenty one when 
she married. 

Charles and Gertrude had six children: Charles 
Kester, (April 24, 1903), Donald H. (1905), Mary 
Viola, (March 6, 1908), Nellie Virginia, (March 14, 
1910), Glen Daniel, (October 9, 1922), and Nora, 
(January 1925). 

When Kester was a baby, Charles and Gertrude 
took a trip to Yellowstone in a wagon. Gertrude said 
Kester cried all the way. There was a lot of hard 
work on the ranch because the men were always 
gone. There were always cows to milk, chickens to 
feed, and garden work. 

She had an Indian lady named Joyce who helped 
her with the washing. She made and canned almost 
everything they ate or used. They would go camping 
and on picnics with the family for fun. There were 
always people in their home visiting. When holidays 
came around, the family would take turns in their 
home hosting everyone. There were always dances 
or parties at private homes for entertainment. 

Charles Cockrell Sr. divided his possessions and 
Charles Jr. received the ranch. He sold it and bought 
a ranch on Boyle Creek. Charles lived there with his 
son Glen and his wife for a few years. He sold it to 
Kester, his other son, and moved to Montana on a 
ranch. He was not happy though, and moved back 
to Salmon where he rented a ranch on Boyle Creek 
and milked cows there. He lived there until he took a 
bad fall, one day, while packing water from the creek 
to Kester's home. The doctor could not help him 
and he died on October 28, 1944 at the age of sixty 
three. 

— Beverly Cockrell 

Charles Kester and 
Wanda Poulsen Cockrell 

Kester Cockrell was born April 24, 1903 to Charles 
Washington Cockrell and Gertrude Viola Coles in 
Salmon, Idaho. He lived with his parents and 
grandparents on the old Cockrell ranch. They were 
freighters who brought goods to the Salmon area 
from Red Rock, Montana. 

As a boy, Kester attended a small one room 
schoolhouse called the Bridge School. He also 
attended the Lincoln School in Salmon. At the age of 
twelve, he was given twenty-five bum lambs to raise 
and since that time was always involved with sheep. 
He was the community sheep herder for many 
years. 




Wanda and Kester Cockrell 

Kester told the story about grazing sheep on the 
bar in Salmon when there were only a few houses. 
He had to fight to protect his band of sheep from 
dogs, coyotes, and bear. 

One of his fond memories was going with his 
grandparents to the relay station at Seventeen Mile 
where the team of horses was exchanged for fresh 
ones. When the train came, the freighting business 
came to a halt. 

Kester worked as a sheep herder and in the 
hayfield for one dollar a day. Later he worked with a 
team of horses for a short time for the WPA on the 
Lemhi Road at six dollars a day. He also helped his 
father and grandfather raise potatoes on the ranch. 

Kester married Wanda Poulsen of Salmon. They 
lived on the ranch for four years when he sold his 
sheep and bought the Boomer Creek ranch where 
he ran cattle, raised potatoes, and turkeys. 

During World War II, they only went to the store a 
few times a year for salt, flour, sugar, etc. When 
food was rationed, they would save their ration 
stamps for canned goods and send them to relatives 
on the west coast because Wanda always had a huge 
garden and canned everything they needed. 

They bought a ranch from his father on Boyle 
Creek and trailed cattle back and forth between the 
two ranches. They sold the Boyle Creek place in 
1948 and ran the Boomer Creek ranch till Walter 
Fox asked them to rent part of his ranch. Kester and 
his two boys purchased the ranch, cattle, and sheep 
in 1959. 

Kester later sold his share to his sons and 
remained on the ranch and herded sheep until he 
was eighty three years old. His horse fell and rolled 
with him. From then until his death, his health 
started to fail. He died November 13, 1990 in 
Salmon at the age of eighty seven. 

— Beverly Cockrell 



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David and Lissa Cockrcll 

David Kester Cockrell was born on April 21, 1966 
in Salmon, Idaho to LaMar and Mona Cockrell. He 
was the second son of the couple. David went to the 
Salmon Schools and enjoyed working on his parents' 
ranch. He learned to operate the farm equipment at 
an early age. When he was thirteen years old, he 
was helping his father with a baler. One of the 
hydraulic hoses exploded beneath his fingertip. This 
forced oil up into his finger which caused many 
complications and he almost lost his finger. After 
three surgeries, his finger was saved, but he lost 
most of the meaty tissue at the end of his finger. 

David graduated from high school early and 
finished his Auto and Diesel Mechanics training just 
before his nineteenth birthday. While trying out a 
new motorcycle, he collided with a dog, which 
resulted in a serious knee injury and some facial 
abrasions. Several months later he served a mission 
for the L.D.S. Church in Japan. While there, his old 
knee injury started to bother him. He had knee 
surgery in Japan, but finally ended up coming back 
to the United States for medical treatment. He 
returned to Japan to finish his mission without 
trouble. 

David worked on his parents ranch for a while, 
until he went to college at B.Y.U. While there he met 
his wife, Lissa. 

Lissa Dene Gardner was born in Murray, Utah, the 
fourth of five children of Neil and Ha Gardner. She 
attended the West Jordan Schools. She served as 
secretary to the Seminary Council and president of 
the F.H.A. Before she met David, she was working at 
a Pre-school Center. 

David and Lissa were married in Nevada on April 
10, 1990. They have one daughter, McKenzie, born 
February 17, 1991. David is working on his parents 
ranch, where they have just started a dairy along 
with a beef production. 



-Mona Cockrell 



Kevin and Melinda Cockrell 



Kevin Cockrell was born December 5, 1963 in 
Salmon, Idaho, the eldest of six children of Mona 
and LaMar Cockrell. Kevin enjoyed being on the 
ranch where he was raised. He likes working 
outdoors and taking care of animals. He participated 
in 4-H club until he was eighteen years old. He 
enjoyed scouting and was an Eagle Scout. He 
graduated from Salmon High School in 1982. He 
served a mission to the Philippine Cebu Mission from 
1983-1984 and met his wife. After his mission, he 
attended school in Laramie, Wyoming and finished 
Automotive Collision Technology. He has a 
fascination for Fast Cars and Hot Rods. 



Melinda was born March 13, 1963 in Kalibo, 
Philippines, the third from the youngest of eight 
children of Leonel and Jovita Mobo. Melinda 
attended an Engineering School and graduated from 
Civil Engineering in 1984. She enjoyed school and 
church when she was growing up. She likes spending 
her spare time developing her talent in guitar and 
piano and she likes poetry. She came to the United 
States May 2, 1984. 

Kevin and Melinda were married June 21, 1984 in 
the Idaho Falls Temple then moved to Logan, Utah 
where both were employed in a company that 
manufactures computer chips, while attending 
school at Utah State University. Five years later, a 
daughter, named Kimberly Megan, was born on 
February 28. 1990. They moved back to Salmon 
April 1990, then a son named Kolton Malone was 
born on March 22, 1991. 

— Mona Cockrell 

LaMar and Mona Cockrell 

LaMar Cockrell was born in Salmon, Idaho, the 
eldest of the two sons of Kester and Awanda 
Poulsen Cockrell. LaMar attended country schools 
up to the eighth grade. When he was six the family 
owned a ranch on Boomer Creek and was taken by 
team and buggy to the Upper Carmen Creek School. 
Later his family bought another place on Boyle 
Creek, where they lived for about three years. He 
and his brother, Raymond, would walk over two 
miles to the Boyle Creek School. He loved living at 
Boyle Creek because of all the hunting and fishing. 
Many times LaMar and Raymond would come back 
with one hundred fish. Most of the time they didn't 
have electricity and never lived in a home with 
plumbing until after they moved to the Fox Ranch. 
They leased this ranch for about eleven years before 
they bought it from Grace and Walter Fox in 1959. 




LaMar and Mona Cockrell 



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Raymond and Beverly Hodges Cockrell 



Mona was born in Salmon, Idaho. She was the 
daughter of Albert and Annie Proksch. At this time, 
the Proksch family lived on St. Charles Street on a 
seventy acre ranch. One of her favorite pastimes 
was riding a gentle mare with her sister, Dixie. They 
would have to work together to catch the horse with 
a bucket of grain while the other would slip a bridle 
over it's head. Getting on was much harder, but a 
tree stump would help. During haying time the two 
children would take turns jumping for the anvil that 
would bring the derrick head down. As Mona got 
older she learned how to back up a truck to pull the 
derrick up. This was much easier than using a team 
of horses. 

LaMar and Mona Cockrell were married in 1962 
and lived in the old Fox home. Kevin, born in 1963, 
was the first son. David followed in 1966. LaMar 
worked on the ranch with his father and brother. A 
new sheep shed was built to lamb out over one 
thousand head of ewes. A fence was constructed 
around the grazing ground up Kirtley Creek and a 
new potato cellar was built. About one hundred 
acres of potatoes were grown on the ranch. Thomas 
was born in 1970 and the house was remodeled so 
the upstairs could be used for the growing family. 

One of the biggest challenges on the ranch was 
maintaining a nine mile ditch that brought water 
from the Lemhi River. New siphons had to be put in 
and still, rat holes were a constant problem. 

Kester retired and sold his share to his two sons. 
He continued to herd the sheep on the ranch, but 
the numbers had slowly started to decline. Coyotes 
were a constant threat to the sheep and a new 
disease called vibrio could wipe out a sheep 
operation. 

Chad was added to the family in 1974 and their 
first daughter, Kristy, was born in 1979. LaMar and 
Raymond decided to split the farming ground and 
just run the grazing ground together. LaMar and his 
two oldest sons ran Raymond's property for four 
years when Kevin decided to go on a mission to the 
Philippines. Orie, the couple's sixth and last child 
was born in 1984. David graduated and went to 
school in Laramie, Wyoming, where Kevin joined 
him. 

After finishing school, Kevin married Melinda 
Mobo. David served a mission in Japan and later 
married Lissa Gardner. Thomas is serving a mission 
in Los Angeles while the other children are still at 
home. 

A dairy barn is being constructed on the ranch and 
several grandchildren have been added to the family. 

— Mona Cockrell 



I was born November 19, 1935 in Salmon in the 
same house my father and grandfather were born in. 
The Cockrell Ranch is now owned by Ken and Alta 
Bailey, and is located on Highway 28 next to the City 
Park. The ranch was homesteaded by Charles 
Washington Cockrell, who came to Salmon as a 
freighter after the Civil War. My parents are Charles 
Kester Cockrell and Awanda Poulson. 

I lived on this ranch until I was four years old. In 
1939, we moved to a ranch on Boomer Creek. While 
living there, I started in the first grade at the age of 
five. Bessie Ellis was the teacher at the Kirtley Creek 
School. I attended the Carmen Creek School for my 
second and third grades. My brother and I walked to 
school in the dark and got home in the dark. The 
walk was about four miles. 

In 1943, we moved to Boyle Creek, now known as 
Tower Creek. I went to school on the Big Flat and to 
Boyle Creek School for the fourth through the sixth 
grades. About living on Boyle Creek, I remember 
fishing, rock picking, riding the horse down the 
garden rows while mother steadied the cultivator, 
the outdoor toilet, and carrying water from the 
creek as we never had indoor plumbing until we 
moved to town. I remember the homemade root 
beer and ice cream. We had our own ice house that 
was filled with ice in the winter so we would have ice 
all summer. 

In 1947, I became very ill with a kidney disease 
called nephritis. I spent three weeks in the Missoula 
Hospital. After I came home, I was in bed for seven 
months and I missed the seventh grade. 

In 1948, we moved to town and I finished my 
seventh through twelfth grades. I graduated from 




Beverly and Raymond Cockrell 



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Salmon High in 1954. In 1951, we moved to the 
ranch where we live at the present time. We 
purchased this ranch in 1959, from Grace and 
Walter Fox. My father, brother and I went into a 
partnership. 

I was married February 8, 1963 to Beverly 
Hodges, daughter of Gar Hodges and Phoebe Ann 
Patten. Beverly was born February 11, 1944 in 
Salmon. Beverly says, "I lived on my father's ranch 
at the mouth of William's Creek. The ranch was part 
of Governor George Shoup's ranch. I remember the 
log home we lived in had a dirt roof. My father built 
it when he came to the valley. 

I remember drinking from a dipper in a bucket on 
the sink and getting food from the ice box on the 
porch. I remember taking a bath in front of the 
wood stove in the kitchen in a round tub. I was 
about five years old before our new home was 
finished. How exciting it was to have running water 
in our home, hot water, a big white tub to bathe in 
and a toilet in the house! We had a furnace in the 
house that burned wood. 

Every fall it was a big job to fill the basement with 
wood and my job was to throw the wood off the 
truck. It seemed like it took us forever, but it was 
nice in the winter. 

When I started school, I walked about four and a 
half miles to catch the bus. When I was in the fourth 
grade the bus started making a new route and it was 
only one fourth mile then. When I was in the ninth 
grade, we moved to town and my sister and her 
husband ran the ranch. We lived on South Daisy 
Street across from the old high school. School was 
hard for me so I finished the eleventh grade and got 
a job. I met my husband that year and we were 
married in February." 

We live on Kirtley Creek Ranch and raise cattle. 
We are still in a partnership with my brother. Our 
children are: Janna Rai born January 22, 1964; 
Joyce Marie born September 11, 1965; Sue Ellen 
born April 20, 1967; Awanda Ann born December 13, 
1969; Charles Raymond Jr. Born October 5, 1971; 
and Daniel Gar born May 26, 1975. 

• — Raymond and Beverly Cockrell 
Diane Coiner 

Ruth Wilkens, RN, ran a maternity home in Salmon 
where Diane, daughter of Hugh and Leila Coiner, 
joined this world on January 2, 1939. 

Diane spent her childhood in the Salmon area, 
graduating as Salutatorian from high school in 1957. 
Between 1956-1965, she worked intermittently in 
the laboratory at Steele Memorial Hospital. Her 
spare time was spent horseback riding, swimming 
and in other outdoor activities. Diane attended the 
University of Idaho, receiving her Pre-Medical 



Technology, Bachelor of Science Degree in 1961, 
and Certification for Medical Technology from Mercy 
Hospital in San Diego, California, in 1962. 

During the three months after graduation, she 
worked in Algeria with the CARE-Medico Team, 
temporarily supplementing the medical staff and 
bringing modern technology to the laboratory. 

She moved to Sarasota, Florida, in 1963, working 
as a medical technologist, and fell in love with 
sailing. 

For the next six years, she worked as Chief 
Nuclear Medicine Technologist in the Veteran's 
Administration Hospital in Portland, Oregon. 

Trading a hospital lab for a teaching lab, she 
received her Masters in Medical Technology 
Education from Temple University, in Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania, in 1973. She acquired her Assistant 
Professor title in two years. 

Diane taught Medical Technology at Medical 
University of South Carolina in Charleston for four 
years. Her spare time was spent sailing or traveling 
with friends or her parents. 

In 1977, she moved to Galveston, Texas, where, 
for the next twelve years, she taught at the School 
of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Texas. 
As a 'generalist', she taught many subjects to 
graduate students; hematology, urinalysis, immuno- 
serology, blood banking and guest lectured for 
clinical chemistry. She received recognition as 
'Outstanding Teacher' in the Medical Technology 
Department in 1981, 1987, and 1989. At the end of 
each term, Diane baked an apple cake for her 
students to show her appreciation for their efforts. 
She served on the faculty of fourteen continuing 
education workshops between 1972-1987. Her 
courses covered Laboratory Instrumentation. 

In 1986, she was chosen for Consultant for Project 
Hope at the University of Panama, starting a new 
school of medical technology at the University. A 
year later, she returned and presented a workshop 
at the National and International Congress of Clinical 
Laboratories. 

Her bibliography is just as impressive; co-authored 
two papers; wrote two Book Reviews; one Book on 
Basic Concepts in Laboratory Instrumentation, 
followed by updates; Associate Editor for Clinical 
Chemistry in NCA Review for Clinical Lab Sciences; 
editorial committeeperson on Fundamentals of 
Clinical Chemistry, 3rd Edition; editorial 
committeeperson for Study Guide to Clinical 
Chemistry. The last two books were written by 
renowned author of chemistry, Norbert W. Tietz, 
Ph.D. 

In 1990, she left the hectic world of teaching, and 
took a position as fill-in staff Medical Technologist in 
Greenville, South Carolina. Presently she works in 
the same position on the staff at Beaufort Memorial 
Hospital in Beaufort, South Carolina, which is closer 



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to her home, the sailboat VELELLA, moored at a 
marina in Port Royal. She outfits her boat for an 
extended sailing trip in the Caribbean, or where ever 
her heart may lead her. She has remained a single 
woman. 

Environmental concerns are an important part of 
her life. Her lifestyle reflects her beliefs in a safe 
environment on the land and on the sea, while 
encouraging others to do the same. 

Each summer, Diane spends time on horseback at 
the Phelan Ranch, visiting her family and friends. 

— Faye Coiner 




Eron and Faye Coiner Wedding Picture 

Eron and Faye Coiner 

Leiand and Nellie Bates divorced in early 1944, 
Nellie receiving custody of two young girls. Fern age 
nine, and Faye Arlene born June 28, 1943. They 
were married January 24, 1924, in Alva, Oklahoma; 
they came to Burke, Idaho, in November 1937. 
Nellie and the girls moved to Faye's birthplace, 
Wallace, Idaho. Fern remained, later moving to the 
Spokane, Washington area. 

Jack Hisey married Nellie in February 1952, in 
Wallace. Nellie, Jack, and Faye left for Salmon in 
June 1952. They drove four hundred plus miles in an 
old CMC Truck. Jack staked mining claims in the 
Salmon area in the latter 1920's. They lived in town 
and one year at Patterson, Idaho, until 1956. 



They rented Hugh Coiner's rental house, with the 
stipulation they'd leave when one of Coiner's 
children married and needed the house. Five years 
later, after graduating from high school in 1961, 
Faye married the Coiner's son, and moved her folks 
out. 

Van Eron was born March 20, 1937, in Salmon at 
Dr. McFarlands house, to Hugh and Leila Coiner. 
They lived in town for thirteen years. Eron, after an 
altercation with a teacher which ended with him 
being expelled from high school, graduated from 
Challis in 1955. He worked for local ranchers and 
packed for Jack Becker, a local outfitter, through 
high school. In 1951, they bought the old Hines' 
house, three miles south of Salmon, from John 
Goodman. 

The nuptials for Eron and Faye occurred in Hugh 
and Leila's home November 18, 1961. After a 
honeymoon to Nevada, the newlyweds settled in a 
rental house. Faye, a city girl with a country heart 
learned to be a rancher's wife and partner. 

Hugh and Eron formed a partnership in ranching 
with five cows and eighty acres in 1955. By 1961, 
they owned one hundred sixty-five acres near 
Salmon (Valley Ranch), five hundred acres on Phelan 
Creek near Leesburg (Phelan Ranch) and eighty 
cows. The cow herd included forty head of Santa 
Gertrudus which they leased, and forty Herefords 
which they owned. Coiners were among the first in 
the valley to cross Herefords with a breed other 
than Angus to produce a larger, leaner calf. 

Valley Ranch produced hay in the summer, fall 
pasture, feeding and calving grounds in the winter; 
Phelan Ranch provided summer pasture for the 
cattle. 

Springtime, Eron Coiner's family moved to Phelan 
and an earlier lifestyle, with no electricity nor phone. 
During their first years, they used kerosene lamps, 
hauled their water, and used a large cooler filled 
with frozen meat, covered with wool blankets an 
stored in a big screen box on wooden legs, as a 
meat keeper. A small building with a screen box built 
inside, set over a ditch of water, was their 
refrigerator. An old barrel stove heated the house; a 
wood cook stove was and still is used for cooking. 
They modernized over the years to include running 
water, gas lights, gas refrigerator, gas stove, and 
recently a gas water heater. 

Their cattle were trailed over William's Creek 
Summit to the Phelen Ranch in June. Family and 
friends became 'cowboys' for the two day trip, 
staying overnight near Cougar Point Campground. 

Summertime is spent irrigating about three 
hundred acres on horseback, checking and patching 
fence on horseback, sawing posts and poles to sell, 
getting firewood for themselves, dabbling with pacer 
gold mining during high water, gardening, checking 
cattle, doctoring cattle, and clearing land. They 



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move to Valley Ranch when cattle, hunters, and 
game animals leave in October or November. 

The Partnership bought the Willy Jakovac Place in 
Valley, a house with thirty-five acres. Eron, Faye and 
Candi moved into the larger house in July 1966. 

January 10, 1965, Candace (Candi) Lyn was born 
in Steele Memorial Hospital in Salmon. She 
graduated as an honor student from high school in 
May 1983, and attended Idaho State University at 
Pocatello, Idaho. Candi received her degree in 
Elementary Education and certified in Special 
Education in 1988. Presently she is employed at 
Irving Junior High School in Pocatello, teaching 
special needs children. Candi is involved with Special 
Olympics; she was assistant director of Pocatello 
Region in 1989, Ski coach from 1986-1990. She 
helped organize a Campfire Group Program for 
special children in 1989. 

Kevin Van was born October 28, 1966, at Steele 
Memorial Hospital. He attended Salmon Schools and 
graduated as an honor student in May 1985. He 
graduated from Ricks College with an Associate 
Degree in Ranch Management and Livestock 
Production in 1987. He returned home for a year, 
working for a local registered quarter horse ranch. 
August 1988, he started working for a ranch near 
Medford, Oregon, where he is presently employed. 
He is learning the trade of teaching horses 
professionally, working with two year old, registered, 
cutting quarter horses. Cutting horses are used to 
sort or cut cattle from a group in arena competition. 

By 1979, their cow herd numbered one hundred 
fifty, and the acreage twelve hundred acres. A land 
developer bought one hundred eighty acres of Valley 
Ranch. They kept both houses, twenty acres and 
Phelan Ranch. 

Eron and Faye continue living at both places, 
renting summer pasture to local ranchers, sawing 
boards with their portable sawmill, both to sell and 
for their own use. Wintertime, Eron works for 
ranchers. Both enjoy trips to parks, the ocean, etc. 



— Faye Coiner 



Hugh and Leila Coiner 



Mr. and Mrs. Herbert William Bradley, two year old 
Eletha, and year old Leila moved to Salmon from 
Baker, Oregon, in 1912. Leila was born February 8, 
1911, in Baker, Oregon. When they first arrived, they 
lived in a house in back of the Presbyterian Church. 
The family moved to the corner of State and 
Augusta Street on the bar, where they lived when 
Herbert William II (Herb) and Joy were born. Herb 
the first, and his wife, Chloe Whelan, resided here 
until their deaths; Chloe in 1950 and Herbert in 
1965. 



Leila attended Salmon School, graduating in 1930. 
She worked as a Dental Assistant to Dr. Carnes, 
before attending nursing school in Denver, Colorado. 
When illness struck in the form of rheumatic fever, 
she returned home for a year of rest. Leila renewed 
her acquaintance with Hugh Coiner, whom she knew 
from high school. Rheumatic fever became 
'romantic fever' according to Leila. 

Hugh was born July 15, 1911, near Dillon, 
Montana. His early years were spent in Hayden 
Basin, herding sheep, driving team and wagon loads 
of grain to flour mills and other early day farming 
chores, on his dad, Vern's, homestead. He 
graduated from Salmon High School in 1929, after 
his folks had moved to Pahsimieroi. After a few 
forays, he settled on his dad's place to help him. 

Hugh and Leila drove to Dillon, Montana, stopping 
at the first church they come to, Presbyterian, and 
were married in the parsonage by the minister on 
September 28, 1932. They spent their honeymoon 
in Butte, Montana, and visited relatives in the Dillon 
area. 

Returning to Pahsimeroi, they lived with the Vern 
Coiners until they built a house on the hill below 
Vern's house. They moved in April 1933. The 
newlyweds lived on the Coiner Ranch for two years, 
working with his folks. Among other ranch chores, 
Hugh hauled milk and cream to the Kraft Cheese 
Factory, located where the Steele Memorial Hospital 
now stands. Hugh and Leila moved to Hayden Basin 
in 1935, staying on the Coiner Homestead for two 
years. 

Van Eron was born March 20, 1937, at Dr. 
McFarland's home on the bar in Salmon. Leila 
moved to Salmon in February and stayed with Eletha 




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until Eron was born. Part of her conveyance down 
Hayden Creek was by team and sled, through the 
snowed-in areas, to Call's field. A car carried her the 
rest of the way. 

The three Coiners moved to Salmon in September 
1937, renting one of the red brick houses across 
from the Brooklyn School. In 1938, they moved into 
a home they built on West Second Avenue. 

Hugh began his apprenticeship in surveying for the 
State Highway Department in September 1937. He 
worked for them three or four years, traveling all 
over the state. Leila, Eron and later Diane, 
accompanied him during the summer months. Diane 
was born January 2, 1939, at Ruth Wilkins Maternity 
Home in Salmon. 

They lived in a tent and cabin at Blue Dome while 
Hugh worked on Highway 28. Dances were popular 
at the Blue Dome. One evening a nearby cabin 
caught fire. The slightly inebriated bunch formed a 
weavy fire brigade, as they extinguished the fire with 
water from the nearby Birch Creek. The cabin 
owner, a stingy fellow gave the group a quart of 
whiskey in appreciation. The first ones sipped, 
grimaced and passed it around — and around — and 
around; no one was able to stand much of the cheap 
"rot gut stuff". 

Hugh continued his apprenticeship in surveying 
with the Army Corps of Engineers in the fall of 1940. 
They sent his crew to Hanford, Washington, to 
survey a railroad "that went nowhere"; it ended in 
the middle of the desert. Secrecy surrounded the 
project. A year or two later in 1943, a nuclear plant 
was built on the site, which helped produce the first 
atomic bomb. Eventually the plant was used to 
produce electricity, but closed down because of 
radiation leakage and other risk factors. 

Hugh became licensed to survey in Idaho and 
Montana in 1947. He opened his first office in a 
yellow frame building, located on the current West 
One Bank parking lot. In early 1950, he moved to a 
larger office in the Herndon Insurance Building on 
Main Street. He served as County Surveyor for 
fifteen years, mostly answering inquiries from 
strangers to the area. The County Commissioners 
discontinued the office after his last term. His 
surveying skills are well know locally. 

They moved to the old Hines Place on Highway 
93S and in 1955, began a partnership in ranching 
with their son Eron. 

Hugh and Leila retired from surveying in 1976. to 
devote more time to ranching and travel. 

— Faye Coiner 



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Vern and Laura Coiner 

Laura Hainning, at seventeen years, described 
Vern Coiner, who was twenty-eight, as a "Master of 
Himself", prior to their wedding on March 27, 1907. 
They exchanged their vows at The Hotel in Apex, 
Montana. Vern was born January 4, 1879, in Golden 
City, Missouri. Laura was born March 24, 1890, on a 
ranch near Birch Creek, Montana. 

They lived in Parian, Montana, near Dillon, their 
first year. Vern hired out for various jobs, including 
mining claims, a kiln, and a lime quarry. In the spring 
of 1908, they moved to her folks' place near Apex, 
Montana, in the Dillon area. Her folks, the James 
Hainnings, had left for Canada before Vern and 
Laura's wedding. Besides working on the ranch, he 
contracted hay harvesting for the neighbors. He 
dabbled in film developing as a hobby. Eventually, 
they traded their Parian house for four horses and a 
saddle. 

Laura traveled to Parian in a wagon in August 
1908, where George Delmer was born September 
28, 1908. Her mother-in-law, Mrs. William Coiner, 
assisted her. 

Vern conducted a few exploratory trips to Hayden 
Basin with their friend, Ed Lawyer, who had moved 
to Idaho a few years before. On July 21, 1909, in a 
spring wagon loaded with their belongings, the 
Coiners headed to their first place. Pive days later, 
they reached their destination, Hayden Creek, a 
distance of approximately ninety miles. 

Laura, Vern and Delmar camped in a tent at the 
end of the road. Vern helped his neighbors harvest 
their crop for half in payment and started a road to 
their ranch on Basin Creek. September 17, 1909, 
they pitched a tent on their land. Vern commenced 
building a log house for them and a corral for the 
horses. They moved into their cabin July 3, 1910, 
and began 'grubbing out' their homestead, as well as 
helping neighbors do the same. He constructed a 
section of the present day road up Hayden Creek. 

Laura rode the train to Dillon in May 1911, where 
Hugh Maxwell was born on July 15, 1911, on the 
Coiner Ranch, near Apex, Montana. 

The Coiners enlarged Swartz Lake above their 
homestead, to hold fifteen acres more water, by 
raising the natural dam, using a team of horses, a 
plow, grubbing hoe, rocks and logs. They 
constructed weirs and ditches to carry the water for 
irrigating their homestead. In 1926, the boys loaded 
six cans of rainbow trout on pack horses to stock 
Swartz Lake, at the head of Buck Creek and Big 
Bear Valley Lake. These fingerlings from the Salmon 
Hatchery were ancestors to the present day 
rainbows found in the lakes. 

Between 1911 and 1917, Vern's brothers and 
parents settled in various areas of the Basin. His 
brother, Arthur, came July 15, 1911; Chester on 



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June 6. 1912; Ote on May 10. 1916, and their 
parents, Mrs and Mrs. William Coiner on May 2, 
1917. (Their mother was Matilda Jane McDade). 

Vern and Laura planted grain for sale or exchange 
for flour at Bolts and Oltmer Flour Mill; hay for 
cattle, pigs, turkeys, and chickens; a large garden 
and berry bushes. Extra was sold or traded for 
essentials not raised on their homestead. Their first 
dollar off the ranch came from selling a sack of 
spuds in 1910. 




Laura and Vern Coiner's 1907 Wedding Picture 

March 27, 1927, Laura and the boys packed their 
possessions in their first new car, a Chevrolet Sedan 
and moved to a ranch in the Pahsimeroi Valley. Vern 
purchased the ranch of about four hundred eighty 
acres from Ed Brown for Nine Thousand Dollars plus 
six percent interest. Over the years, they increased 
their holdings to one thousand forty acres. They 
leased the Basin Place, which was now four hundred 
sixty acres, and sold it to Marshall Watson in 1940 
for Three Thousand Dollars. 

The Coiners were very civic-minded and politically 
active in their adopted communities. Vern served as 
a school trustee in both areas. Laura served a clerk 
and trustee in Hayden Basin. Vern contributed labor, 
and materials in constructing and maintaining both 
schools in the Basin. During the World Wars, Laura 
sewed and campaigned for Red Cross Funds. They 
helped their neighbor, Tobias, establish a milk route 
from the Basin to Leadore. In Pahsimeroi, they were 



charter members of the May Grange, spending many 
hours on building improvements. Laura served as 
treasurer in 1937-38. Vern served many terms on 
the Taylor Grazing Board for the May District. His 
first term as County Commissioner began 1932; he 
served several terms. Laura commented after one 
election, "Vern won by a two hundred twenty-two 
majority, so four more years of semi-widowhood". 

Road construction and improvements were Vern's 
priority as Commissioner. Highway 93 South and 
Highway 28 were widened and paved. During the 
depression, one road crew consisted of thirty-five 
men, eight teams of horses and equipment, which 
worked thirty hours a week for sixty cents an hour. 

Hugh and Delmar attended grade school in 
Hayden Basin and high school in Dillon, Montana. 
Delmar graduated from Dillon in 1927. Hugh 
attended the last two years in Salmon, where he 
graduated in 1929. 

Delmar married Elsie Papsworth of Challis on April 
24, 1932. in Challis. Delmar. Elsie and their only 
child, Vernon-born December 1932. lived and 
worked on the Coiner's Ranch until Delmar's 
accidental death, on June 28, 1967. A combination 
of worn, muddy tracks on the Caterpillar with 
Delmar in the driver's seat, and a damp loading 
ramp, caused the 'Cat' to slip and roll off the ramp, 
pinning Delmar underneath. 

On May 6, 1966, a brush fire escaped from Vern. 
He ran to the house and called for help, then 
returned to the fire, where they found him lying 
alongside the road, unconscious, his clothing burned. 
He died half an hour after arriving at Steele 
Memorial Hospital in Salmon. 

Laura and Elsie sold the ranch in the fall of 1968. 
Laura suffered her first heart attack at the time of 
the sale. She lived in a house in back of the Salmon 
Post Office until her death on December 24. 1972. 
Elsie moved to Boise. Idaho, to be near her son, 
Vernon, a veterinarian, and his family in 1968. 

— Faye Coiner 
Jesse Owen and Eve Brown Cole 

Jesse Owen (Jay) Cole was born August 6, 1941, 
in Preston. Idaho, to Barbara Meralda Whitehead 
and Owen Voss Cole, the fourth child and only son in 
a family of five children. At age six, his family moved 
to a farm west of Filer, Idaho, where they had a 
dairy and raised row crops. Jay was active in 4-H, 
winning awards for his Holstein heifers. Jay's father 
died in 1954, so the family moved to Filer, where 
they lived until he graduated from Filer High School 
in 1959. During high school he worked at Courtesy 
Market. He attended Utah State University in Logan, 
Utah, for two years. He met Eve Brown in Salmon in 
1961, while employed by the U.S. Forest Service. 



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April Eve Brown was born April 24, 1944, in 
Salmon, Idaho, to Doris Jane Webb and Ferrel Scott 
Brown, the second daughter and third child in a 
family of three children. She was raised in Salmon 
and attended school and graduated from Salmon 
High School in 1962. She worked at Joe's Artie 
Circle, and Rexall Drug, and was active in Pep Club, 
Drill Team, and Glee Club during high school. 

Jay and Eve were married in the Salmon LDS 
Church on January 26, 1963, by President Larry 
Bills. Eve graduated from Twin Falls Business School 
in 1964. 




Eve and Jay Cole 

Daughter Gina was born August 20, 1964. In 1966, 
they moved to Boise, Idaho, where Jay was 
employed by Idaho First National Bank. They spent 
nine years in Boise and Eagle before moving back to 
a small farm south of Buhl in 1975. While in Boise, 
Scott, Marni, Amy and Jana were born. Jay worked 
for Idaho Farm Bureau, farmed, sold GMC Trucks, 
and now drives a gas truck for Texaco. The Cole 
family spent fifteen wonderful years on the farm. 
They sold apples and apple cider from their ten acre 
orchard before selling it in 1978. They raised row 
crops on the other twenty acres. Those were fun 
years for the kids. They learned to work hard, drive 
tractor and irrigate. They spent many years in 4-H, 
winning many awards and trophies. 

On April 24, 1976, the Cole family was sealed in 
the Idaho Falls Temple. Andrea was born December 
18, 1981, making a family of five girls and one boy. 

Coles bought Vogue Cleaners in Buhl in December 
1984. Eve and the children operate it and Jay still 
drives truck. 

Gina graduated from Buhl High School in 1982, 
and College of Southern Idaho in 1985. She married 
Brad Wray in 1986. They, with their son, Jarom, live 
west of Buhl. Brad works for Norco Welding Supply. 
Gina is a floral designer and full time mom. 



Scott joined the U.S. Marine Corps after 
graduation from high school in 1986, and spent four 
years at Camp Pendleton, California. He also spent 
two, six month tours of duty in the Western Pacific, 
and was discharged as Corporal with a Good 
Conduct Medal, in August 1990, just missing the 
Persian Gulf Crisis by two weeks. He is living at 
home and is employed by Mountain States 
Greenhouses. 

Marni graduated from Buhl High School in 1989, 
attended College of Southern Idaho, and is now 
attending Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, and 
working at K-Mart. 

Amy is a senior at Buhl High School, serving as co- 
editor of the school newspaper and statistician for 
girls' basketball. She plans to attend Ricks College. 

Jana ia a sophomore at Buhl High School, 
statistician for boys' basketball and works at Vogue 
Cleaners. 

Andrea is in third grade, plays the piano and is a 
good student. 

In December 1989, the Coles sold their farm and 
bought a larger home on five acres in Melon Valley. 
They are all active in their church and enjoy 
spending time together. 

— Eve Cole 



Harry L. and Helen V. Coleman 

Harry L. Coleman came to the Leadore area on 
the Gilmore and Pittsburgh Railroad in 1910. He was 
born in Dassel, Minnesota, October 2, 1888. 

Harry was a very handsome and athletic young 
man. He was delivering the mail to Gilmore with a 
team of spirited horses when he met Helen 
Josephine Vezina. She thought he was quite 
handsome, but a real smart alec. Not long after that, 
they were married on April 1, 1913 or 1914. 

Helen Josephine Vezina was born June 14, 1895, 
to Rock and Angela Navarro Vezina of the upper 
Lemhi Valley area. 

Harry had purchased a little place west of Leadore 
from "Rabbit" George Yearian, but leased it out for 
a while because he did not really like ranching. He 
was very mechanically inclined and had earned a 
certificate in engineering. He worked at the Gilmore 
Power House as foreman until it burned in 1927. 

Harry and Jo had four daughters while they were 
living in Gilmore. Helen Josephine was born February 
14, 1915; Rosemary was born December 12, 1917; 
Angela was born November 30, 1918, and Frances 
(Babe) was born February 15, 1922. 

The Coleman girls, as they were collectively 
known, would sled to school in the winter time at 
Gilmore. For several years, they each took a turn 
staying with their grandparents. Rock and Angela 
Vezina, to attend the Plum School near Texas Creek 



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so the school would have enough students to keep it 
open. 

Grandma Vezina milked several cows and sold 
milk, butter and eggs for many years to the 
residents of Gilmore. 

After the power house burned, the Coleman family 
moved back to their ranch at Leadore. After the 
family moved, they finally had a son; Harry Lavern 
Jr. was born on November 5, 1932. 

Harry Sr. was still not too crazy about ranching so 
besides growing a large garden he made tools for 
people, dug wells, worked as a mechanic and was 
generally a 'Jack of all trades'. 

The best memories of the Coleman family were 
their coasting parties and dances. The house was 
decorated with pine boughs and gallons of home 
made chili and hot chocolate were consumed. 

Harry and Jo never turned away anyone in need 
and fed many mouths from their table and abundant 
garden. 

Daughter, Helen, went for nurses training at St. 
Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho, graduating top in 
her class in 1936. Helen married Charles Doebler 
and they had a daughter, Rose Marie. She later 
married Bill Carlson, who had a daughter, Sally, 
whom Helen raised as her own. Helen and Bill live at 
Georgetown Lake near Anaconda, Montana. 

Rosemary married Floyd J. Whittaker of Leadore, 
where they ranched and raised their family, Patricia 
Jo and James, until Rosemary passed away in 1971. 

Angela married Ray Follett and they had a 
daughter, LaRae, and son, Paul. She later married 
Earle Calvert and they live in Riverton, Wyoming. 

Daughter, Francis (Babe), married Philip Malesich, 
who recently passed away in January of 1991. They 
had three children, Nancy, Randy and Richard. Babe 
lives in Harlowton, Montana. 

Harry L. Jr. married Shirley Steele. They had three 
children, Fred, Michael and Cindy. Harry and Shirley 
still ranch on the old Coleman place and run a 
construction business. 

Harry L. Sr. passed away in June of 1963, and Jo 
passed away twenty years later on September 8, 
1983. 

— Paula Whittaker 

Daniel and Mary Coles 

Daniel and Mary Coles came to the United States 
from Wiggington, Oxfordshire, England in 1881. They 
had eight children at that time. There were twins, 
John H. and Elizabeth, Sarah A., Emma E., Ada L., 
Florence M., William J., and Alice L. William J. died 
soon after the ship docked. He had not suffered 
from sea sickness as had the rest of the family. He 
became ill as soon as they were on land. 



The family settled in Wisconsin, where they lived 
until about 1893. While in Wisconsin, two more 
children were born, Gertrude V. and Herbert. When 
Herbert was six years old the family moved to Idaho, 
settling in Salmon. They came by train to Red Rock, 
Montana, and on to Salmon by freight wagon. They 
lived on a ranch on the Lemhi River. This property is 
now owned by a great-granddaughter and family, 
Mrs. Devon Burch. In their later years, they moved 
into town where they resided until the time of their 
death. Daniel Coles died October 24, 1936, at the 
age of ninety-two. He was burned to death when fire 
destroyed the family home on East Main Street. He 
was alone at the time, as Mrs. Coles was in Missouri 
for medical treatment. Cause of the fire was never 
determined. Mrs Daniel (Mary) Coles died in 
Dodgeville, Wisconsin, May 25, 1941. She had been 
visiting at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert 
(Elizabeth) Bray. 

— Darrell Coles Aldous 




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John Henry and Fanny Long Coles 

John Henry Coles was born in Wiggington, 
Oxfordshire, England, on May 15, 1870. He and his 
twin sister, Elizabeth were the oldest children of 
Daniel and Mary Coles. He came to the United 
States with his family at the age of eleven, when his 
family settled in Wisconsin. 

He left the family home in Wisconsin in 1889, and 
came to Salmon, Lemhi County, Idaho. When John 
came to Idaho, it was still quite a part of the Wild 
West. He worked on a ranch owned by John H. 
Long. At this time, he was also working on property 
of his own. He dug out sagebrush and leveled land 
and was building his own ranch. This ranch is still 
known as the Coles Ranch and is located about one 
and a half miles north of Salmon. Present owners of 
this property are grandson, Arthur Aldous and 
family. 

John married Fannie Margaret Long on November 
2, 1899. She was the daughter of John and Nancy 
Kelsey Long. She came to Lemhi County, Idaho, with 
her family in 1889. The couple had three children, 
Margaret E., Emma May, and John Daniel. 

John raised Hereford cattle and grazed them on 
the range west of the ranch. He had range rights for 
seven hundred fifty head of cattle. He also had a 
large herd of horses, which grazed on the hills. He 
often rode his horse into the hills to check on his 
cattle. Sometimes his grandson, Darrell, would 
accompany him and they would camp and stay out 
for several days. He was also interested in mining 
and had several claims. 

John also owned a ranch known as the Bank 
Ranch. It was later owned by grandson, Darrell 
Aldous, but is now part of the Overacker ranch. John 
and Fannie had a home in town, which they lived in 
part of the time. John had a large vegetable garden; 
his family helped care for it. Darrell remembers 
riding the horse while they cultivated a large patch 
of potatoes. 

To his grandchildren, he was always known as 
Papa. His grandchildren have very fond memories of 
him. He was a quiet man, but could get his temper 
up if necessary. He was very English and never lost 
his English Brogue. A favorite exclamation was, "ell's 
fire!" His grandsons worked on the ranch with him 
stacking hay and doing the necessary farm work. 

In later years he would walk to town from the 
ranch just for the exercise. People would stop to 
pick him up, so he decided to walk up through the 
fields. He would go to Art's Bar, where he and a 
group of old-timers would spend hours playing cards 
and visiting. His favorite game was Pan. Usually 
some member of the family would be there to bring 
him home, but one time he was forgotten and had 
to spend the night at the hotel. To be sure he would 
always have a ride home, he bought a 1929 Model A 




John Henry and Fannie Long Coles 

Ford, which he gave to grandson, Leslie (Scoop) 
Aldous. 

John had several sisters that lived in the East. 
They would visit as often as possible and always had 
a great time together. Granddaughter, Elaine Bennett 
Burch, remembers the pigeon pie. 

Fannie Coles was ill for many years and daughters, 
May and Margaret, helped their father in caring for 
her. She was a very kind and loving person, and it 
was hard on the family to have her suffer for so 
long. Fannie passed away at her home on March 8, 
1942. She was sixty-six years old. 

In his later years, John lived with his daughter and 
family, Mrs. Les Margaret Aldous. He also lived with 
grandson, Arthur, and family in the house on the old 
homestead. 

John died January 27, 1956, after a short illness. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Fannie, 
daughter, Emma May, and son, John Daniel. 

— Darrell Coles Aldous 

Colvin Family 

H. Ray Colvin and Juanita Cole were born in Idaho 
Falls, Idaho, and graduated from high school in that 
city. 

Ray began his apprenticeship in Horology and 
Jewelry Repair at the age of fifteen for Serge 
Marshall and Don Leymaster Jewelry stores of Idaho 
falls. He continued this apprenticeship until age 
nineteen. 

In order to further a professional career, Ray 
moved to Salmon, Idaho, in 1946. With the 
assistance of his father, Ed Colvin, Ray purchased 
the Norton Business Enterprise in Salmon from Lois 
Merritt, daughter of Charles L. Norton. 

The Norton Business Enterprise had its origin in 
Lemhi County perhaps earlier than 1910. The 
Norton business at various times in Salmon included: 



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jewelry items, watch repair, pharmaceutical items, 
precious metal assay and optometry at the location 
of "Colvin Jewelry" as it exists today, it was then 
known as Norton's. 

Ray and his father, Ed, continued their partnership 
for nine years. At that time, Ray purchased his 
father's interest in Colvin's Jewelry. That name 
remains on the store front to this day. 

Ray was a very hard worker, and in branching out 
his professional career, he assisted his father in 
purchasing a drug store in Lima, Montana. This 
business was managed by Ed Colvin and his wife, 
Gertrude, until Gertrude's illness caused them to sell 
two years later. 

Ray and Juanita were married in Idaho Falls in 
1947, and Juanita became an integral part of Colvin 
Jewelry. During her high school years, Juanita 
worked in the jewelry department at the Idaho Falls 
Woolworths. She was a change carrier for them as 
well. 



member of the Chamber of Commerce, City Council, 
Treasurer of the Volunteer Fire Department (and 
active fireman, as well). Master of Lemhi Lodge No. 
11, AF and AM, member of El Korah Shrine, Boise 
and Salmon River Shrine Club, Odd Fellows and Elk's 
Lodges. Ray and Juanita were Guardian and 
Associate Guardian of Job's Daughters. Juanita 
remains a member of Hugh Duncan Chapter, Order 
of the Eastern Star, P.E.O. Salmon Chapter and the 
Episcopal Church. 

Ray passed away June 7, 1986, at the age of fifty- 
eight following heart surgery. He was a valued 
member of the community and performed many 
services over the years. He was presented the 
Senior Citizen Award in 1970 for these services. 

Juanita continues to manage and operate Colvin's 
Jewelry. 

— Juanita Colvin 




The Colvin union was blessed with two daughters, 
Sandra Kathleen and Deborah Sue. The daughters 
clerked for their parents whenever possible, and 
were involved in various activities of the Salmon 
community and Salmon High School from which 
they were graduated. Sandra became an elementary 
school teacher and Deborah an x-ray technician. 
They and their families live and work in Ogden, Utah. 

Colvin Jewelry has doubled in size over the years. 
This business, in eighty-one years, has had only two 
owners, the Mortons and the Colvins. The building 
was purchased by Ray and Juanita in 1966. The well 
appointed charm of the early years has been 
maintained. There is a beautiful 1910 cash register 
and a safe of earlier vintage. The charm is also 
enhanced by antique display cases containing silver 
hollowware and silver baby gifts, watches, rings, and 
other jewelry items. 

Ray and Juanita were integral parts of the Salmon 
community during Ray's business years. Ray was a 



Dale and Velma Combs 

Velma Mathews was born in Rexburg, Idaho, to 
Olive Robertson and Walter Mathews. Dale Combs 
was born in Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, to Dick Combs 
and Nora Sallee Combs. Velma and Dale met in 
1935, and were married July 9, 1936. They had two 
boys and a girl, Myron, Glenn, and Beverly. 

When they married. Dale was stacking hay for Billy 
Mulkey on the Lemhi. Velma helped Mrs. Mulkey 
cook for the haying crew. It was hard times and Dale 
was getting a dollar and a half a day for stacking 
hay. Then Dale went to work for John W. Snook. 
There Velma cooked for the haying crew, she got a 
dollar and a half a day and Dale got two and a half a 
day. That was good money for those days. 

Dale was a "Jack of all trades": a carpenter, 
miner, rancher, packer, logger, and drove a logging 
truck over ten years. Dale was working for the Lucky 
Boy Mine in 1941 and 1942 up the Yankee Fork, 
when Pearl Harbor was bombed. He was in the Army 
from June 1944 to January 1946. He worked in the 
coal mines at Pendroy, Montana, in 1940. He 
worked on many ranches in the county. Velma 
worked in the National Laundry for thirteen years for 
Rollie and Jack Briggs. 

In 1943, the family lived at Rattlesnake Gulch, 
above the H.F.W. Niemann Place, which is now part 
of the Hot Spring Ranch. That summer, he was 
bitten by a rattlesnake on the high ditch above the 
bar. He rode his horse to the highway, where Jay 
Wiley lives. A sister-in-law lived there at the time. 
She wasn't home, so he flagged a car down to get a 
ride to town to the doctor, which was Dr. Mulder Sr. 
At that time, there was no hospital in Salmon, so he 
stayed overnight at Vic Robertson's Motel. He was 
an Uncle to Velma. The Motel and store were in the 



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empty lot across from where the hospital is now. He 
was bitten about 11;00 A.M. and his wife didn't know 
what had happened to him until 4:00 P.M. She 
couldn't leave the three small children to go see 
what had happened. He was a mighty sick man. 

Myron married Yvonne Reames in 1958 and has 
worked at Cyprus Mines for ten years. They had two 
girls and a boy. 

Glenn married Marjorie McCord in 1960. They own 
and operate the Wilderness Aviation. They had two 
boys and a girl. 

Beverly married Robert Olaughlin in 1958. They 
had two boys. Bob has worked in Havemann's 
Hardware for thirty years. Beverly was in the Air 
Force for twenty months. 

The Combs have eight grandchildren and twelve 
great-grandchildren. 

— Velma Combs 
Glenn R. and Marjorie McCord Combs 

Glenn was born March 2, 1938, in Salmon, to Dale 
J. and Velma A. Combs. Glenn grew up in the 
Salmon area, attending Salmon Schools. In 1960, 
Glenn met and married Marjorie L. McCord from 
Wendell, Idaho. They were married in Salmon by 
Justice of the Peace, Fred Carl. 

Marjorie was born in Fairbury, Nebraska, on March 
1, 1939, and moved to Wendell, Idaho, at about two 
years. She was raised and graduated from Wendell 
High School in 1957. Three children were born to 
them. Their first son, Richard Lynn, was born 
December 28, 1960, in Salmon. Jimmy Dean was 
born May 31, 1962, in Gooding, Idaho. Lori Eileen 




FRONT ROW: Jimmy Dean, Marjorie, and Lori Combs BACK ROW: 
Richard Lynn, and Glenn R. Combs 



was born December 23, 1963, at Hailey, Idaho. 

Glenn drove truck for approximately six years at 
Wendell, then moved to Darby, Montana, to log, then 
on to Salmon, where he worked for Kelly Logging for 
seventeen years. After being injured in a logging 
accident, his whole life changed. Glenn continued 
flying aircraft and received his commercial license to 
fly for Air Taxi. In 1984, Glenn and son, Richard, 
purchased Linn Air Service and renamed it 
Wilderness Aviation, which was an air charter service 
with one plane. Glenn and Richard purchased 
another aircraft for their business to train student 
pilots. Glenn and Richard continued to enlarge their 
business. In October 1989, Richard passed away of 
cancer. Glenn, Marjorie and Janoa continue to 
operate the family business. 

Their son, Jimmy Dean, joined the Army in 1989, 
and in his travels met and married a Panamanian 
Girl named Zulyn, and moved back to the states in 
April 1990. In September 1990, they had a daughter, 
Elizabeth Lucia, and Jim was called to serve in Saudi 
Arabia in the war with Iraq in January 1991. 

Richard Lynn, married Janoa T. Tolman on June 
28, 1980, they had two sons, Jonathan Randall 
Combs, born January 27, 1984, and Jacob Aaron 
Combs born January 6, 1986 in Salmon. 

Lori Eileen Combs married Burl Rude from Salmon 
on September 15, 1985 at Salmon and moved to 
Missoula, Montana, and then on to Anchorage, 
Alaska. They have a daughter, Jamie Lyn, born April 
6, 1989. 

— Glenn and Marjorie Combs 

James Compton 

James Compton, better known as Jimmie, was 
born in a log cabin on the east bank of the Lemhi 
River, close to where it empties into the Salmon 
River. He was the son of Elias (Jim) Compton, a 
mining prospector and an Indian lady whose name 
was Ponga Shy, which means partridge bird. 

According to Dick Shoup, who knew him, Jimmie 
was an exceptional man. 

His father and a partner, John Daughtery, struck a 
good vein at a placer mine known as the Kirtley 
Creek Mine. They worked the mine for two years 
and then sold their interest for Twenty-five Thousand 
Dollars. Jim continued his prospecting elsewhere. 
During this period, he and wife Ponga Shy were 
separated and Jimmie and a younger brother, John, 
were given a home through the kindness of Mrs. 
John Holbrook. Later, Jim purchased the Frank 
Pollard house located in the south part of Salmon; 
the two boys remained there until Jim sold the 
house to his partner with the stipulation that 
Daughtery was to leave the property to Jim's 
children and make provision for the transfer in his 
will. Jim then bought a house southwest of town 



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near the Billy Bryant Ranch. The boys lived in this 
house until Jim sent them to the Lemhi Agency, 
where there was an Indian School. 

On June 5, 1891, little brother, John, was 
drowned in Hayden Creek while crossing it on a foot 
bridge at a time when the creek was swollen from 
rain and run-off. John was only six, and he lost his 
balance and was swept away in a torrent of water. 

Jim died while his children were attending school 
at the Agency. Being a Civil War Veteran, he was 
buried with military honors. 

After the funeral for their father, on their way 
back to the Agency School, Jimmie and a brother, 
Tom, were stopped in the street by Ponga Shy. Her 
purpose was to get them to take their three year old 
sister with them to the school. Bob Kirkham of the 
Agency didn't want to accept her, as there was no 
provision for a nursery school. However, the agent, 
J. A. Andrews and his wife, became attached to the 
little one, and contacted her mother to have her 
sign a relinquishment of her daughter on adoption 
papers. Apparently, Ponga Shy didn't quite 
understand what she was signing, but later found 
out, and mourned the loss of the child thereafter. 
Little Addie Andrews grew up basking in her unique 



position as a special person, much made over. 

When Andrews retired, Eddie Yearian replaced 
him. Since Jimmie had gone as far as the Agency 
was equipped to educate him, Yearian 
recommended him for enrollment at Carlisle 
Institute at Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Carlisle, an Indian 
Training and Industrial School, was to be Jimmie's 
home base for nine years (1897-1907). His last two 
years there were mainly spent traveling to look for 
run-away students and to persuade them to return 
to the school. 

When Jimmie left Carlisle, he worked for a few 
years as a locomotive fireman on the Oregon 
Shortline. 

In 1947, the U.S. Government appointed him as a 
special officer in the Law and Order Department to 
assist the F.B.I, in some of their people searches. 
For this service he was awarded a certificate of 
commendation by the Department of the Interior. 

Further details of Jimmie's experiences as he 
related them to Clair McNichol of Salmon, may be 
found in the January 3, 1985, issue of the Salmon 
Recorder-Herald 

— Andree Quarles 




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CONLEE FAMILY-1914. FRONT: — , Ivy Radford, Charles Beers 
BACK: Emma Jane, Baby Edna, Grace Beers, Fred, Charley Beers, 
Roym George. 

George Perry Conlee 

The family name was originally Conoer, an Irish 
name. Because of religious persecution, the family 
was forced to leave Ireland. They went to Holland 
where they changed their name to Condie. Again 



they were forced to leave. They went to Kentucky, 
where they adopted the name of Conlee. 

George Perry Conlee was born in Fort Madison, 
Iowa, on December 9, 1854. His father was Isaac 
Conlee of Shelby County, Kentucky. On March 9, 
1877, George married Emma Jane Pattison of 



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Fairfield, Iowa. In 1881, they came to Salmon, where 
George's wife had two brothers. Alex Pattison was a 
mortician and J.C. Pattison located the Patterson 
Mine. 

George homesteaded a cattle ranch between 
Highway 93 and the cemetery south of Salmon. 
Later, he acquired some land between the highway 
and South St. Charles Street. When he left the 
ranching business, he sold part of the property to 
Jim Sims and the remainder to his sons, Roy and 
Fred. They formed a partnership and bought land 
between St. Charles Street and the river. 

After George was through ranching, he was 
appointed as the County Road Superintendent, 
because of his training and experience as a road and 
bridge-builder prior to his arrival in Salmon. His 
grandson, Eugene, remembers playing on the road- 
building equipment. All of the machinery was horse- 
drawn. There were two graders, a water wagon, 
plows, wagons with bottom dumps, and the all- 
important Fresno scrapers. One of the jobs he 
worked on was the road between North Fork and 
Shoup. That was a difficult road to build because of 
the steep terrain and massive granite rocks. They 
had to use the river bed in the dry season for 
moving the equipment and the camp. 

Emma, George's wife, went along on the road job 
as a camp cook. She related a frightening story. She 
was preparing a meal and looked out the tent flap 
into the eyes of a hungry cougar. She didn't say 
what happened next, but I would imagine she got 
out her Indian Gun. The family laughingly refers to a 
chrome-plated 38 as the Indian Gun. The ranch was 
close to an Indian Village and the Indians would 
come rap on the window for food or just to tease 
her because she always went out the door with her 
pistol in hand to make sure there were no problems. 

George and Emma had four children. Daisy 
became Daisy Hays and had no children. Grace 
married Charley Beers. Their children, Charles and 
Edna, are deceased. Fred remained a bachelor. Roy 
married Ivy Radford and they had Darrell, Eugene, 
and Virginia. Darrell and Eugene are dead. There 
were no male Conlees left to carry on the family 
name. 

— Virginia Conlee Crismon 
Albert D. Cook 

Albert D. Cook and his wife and children, Mable, 
Bill, Bud, and Dorothy, arrived in Lemhi county in 
1917 from Albion, Wyoming. They came on the 
G.and P. (Get out and Push) Railroad, together with 
several bands of sheep. 

Albert purchased a ranch on Carmen Creek (now 
the Arch McFarland Ranch). Donald S. (Jack) Cook 
was born at the ranch on March 21, 1919. The Cook 
kids went to the Little Red School House at the 



Forks Carmen Creek. All grades, first through eight, 
were taught by Pearl Roberts. During the depression 
of 1921-22, the family lost everything, causing them 
to move to Salmon. In those days, there were no 
government agencies to help with destitute families 
such as ours. Al and Mable were divorced in the 
early 1920's. Mable had to feed four hungry kids, so 
she started making home brew and selling it for 
twenty-five cents a bottle. She had to find another 
line of work after being arrested by the Feds and 
County Sheriff for bootlegging, so she went to work 
for Small Boy's Cafe. It was located about where 
Sundown Photo is now. She earned Ten Dollars a 
week for seven days work. It was enough to put food 
on the table and pay on a very poor house. 

In 1925, while playing at Island Park, Jack fell off a 
slide and broke his arm. The other kids put him in a 
wagon and headed for town where they met two 
men on the bridge. They figured they must be 
doctors because they were dressed in suits. When 
asked if they were doctors, they answered ,"no", 
but in fact one of them was Dr. Stratton, who set 
the arm with cigar box splints, the procedure of the 
day. 

Throughout the 20's and 30's times were tough in 
Salmon. They were fairly lucky to have a dime to 
spend at the county fair, but they always seemed to 
have enough to eat. The government gave farmers 
cracked wheat to feed the hogs and cattle, but it 
turned out the kids had it for cooked cereal for 
breakfast. It sometimes had weevil in it. 

Hogs were worth about two Dollars and cows 
about five Dollars, but nobody had that much 
money. Sometimes people went out and killed a 
cow, but the ranchers didn't seem to mind too 
much, as they couldn't sell them anyway. Ranch 
hands worked for just room and board. 

The first job Jack had was for fifty cents a day in 
1931, as a farm hand on a ranch on Carmen Creek. 

Bill, Bud and Dorothy graduated from high school 
and Jack quit in the tenth grade to join the CCC for 
thirty Dollars a month. He enlisted in the Army in 




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1940, and was sent to the Philippine Islands. He was 
discharged in 1943, after an injury forced doctors to 
fuse his knee joint. 

Bill Cook lives in Wyoming and is seventy-eight 
years old. Bud is seventy-seven and lives in Portland, 
Oregon. Dorothy lives in Scottsdale, Arizona and is a 
young seventy-four. Jack, seventy-two lives in 
Salmon. Both parents are deceased. 

— Donald (Jack) Cook 

Martin and Ruth E. Cook 

On October 25, 1970, we put a down payment on 
two lots of the N. Penn Phillips, Elk Bend 
Development. Mr. Cook had never even heard of the 
Salmon River at that time knew practically nothing 
about Idaho! 

Seven years previously, in 1963, we had combined 
families, totaling nine children between us, and by 
1970, there were only two still left at home and we 
began to think about our "old age". I, Ruth, had had 
a life-long desire to live in Salmon River Country — it 
is something I cannot explain, a desire, a 
motivation — I've never really understood it but it 
never faded, in fact it grew stronger the older I 
became. Martin went along with my desires (I 
suffered so tremendously from Smogitis that I think 
in the beginning, he just wished to pacify me); so we 
called the salesman and since both of us were still 
working we each bought one lot, which we paid on 
for five years before we ever had the opportunity to 
see, subsequently we were able to make three visits 
here over the years (18-20), and each time we came 
we liked it better! Finally in 1987, we were able to 
make the move, we were both retired and had no 
trouble selling our home in California, which 
permitted us to actually make this move. 

Martin W. Cook was born and raised in Bloomfield, 
Nebraska, and certainly not accustomed to all of 
these mountains. His parents were August Carl 
William Cook (Koch from Germany) and Anna Lena 
Peters of Randolph, Cedar County, Nebraska. His 
three sons are: Merle Martin - age forty-six and 
father of three sons and one daughter. Lynn Edwin - 
age forty-two and father of two daughters. Milo Dean 
Cook - age thirty-nine and unmarried. 

I, Ruth E. Cook, (Brown) (Wagner) (McGillen) was 
born in Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho, in 1920. I 
was raised in West Yellowstone, Henry's Lake, Idaho 
and Roseburg and Eugene, Oregon; Phoenix, Arizona 
etc. Children from my first marriage are: Nial Lee 
Wagner - age fifty and father of three sons and two 
daughters. Wm. Patrick Wagner - age forty-nine and 
father of three sons and one daughter. James M. 
Wagner - age forty-six and father of one son and one 
daughter. The children of my second marriage are: 



BettieJun Brown (Smith) age forty-four and mother 
of two sons. Wm. Craig Brown - age forty-two and 
father of one son and two daughters. Elmo Scott 
Brown -age forty and father of two sons and one 
daughter. 

We not only enjoy the scenic beauty, fresh air, 
wonderfully friendly and helpful people (haven't met 
a stranger yet), but also the wonderful Public Library 
and Museum that tells sooo much about the early 
settlers and INDIANS! 

We are also very, very, grateful for the Family 
History Library and for Shirley Parmenter, the Head 
Librarian, who has done sooo much to help me 
unravel my tangled past, in fact in trying to 
determine WHY I have always been so drawn to this 
vicinity. I truly believe it was to have the opportunity 
to know and work with Shirley; she has caused me 
to "think" and given me answers that have not been 
forthcoming from any source before! 

Perhaps it is that little bit of Shoshone blood (one 
eighth) that is in my veins (from my Patriarchal 
great-grandmother) that has drawn me here. I really 
do not know. I just know that for ME, I am HOME! 

I am also so very grateful to my husband, that he 
has humored me in this venture. He is coming to 
love the area as much as I do. 

—Ruth E. Cook 

Floyd and Annie Steele Cooper 

Floyd Leon Cooper was born February 28, 1877, 
at Neilsville, Wisconsin. He came to Lemhi County, 
and on August 2, 1901 married Annie M. Steele, the 
daughter of John Mack Steele and Josephine Clark 
Steele. 

Floyd and Annie lived on Boyle Creek at the last 
ranch at the top of the East Fork. In 1916 and 1917, 
they owned the ranch at the fork of the creek. Their 
son, Leon Vance Cooper, was born August 1, 1902, 
and a daughter, Doris Annie Cooper, was born April 
21, 1904. A second daughter, Ella Mae Cooper, was 
born February 28, 1923. 

The children all attended the Boyle Creek School 
located at the fork of the creek. The school was the 
center of Boyle Creek social life as well as learning, 
and the Coopers are remembered as being a very 
musical family. They played various instruments for 
the dances at the school house parties and on other 
occasions. 

Leon Cooper married Queenie Goddard and Doris 
Annie Cooper married Marvin McDonald. Ella Mae, 
the only member of the family still living, married 
Ray Blood and now lives in Salmon. 

Floyd Leon Cooper died on October 15, 1937, at 
Darby, Montana, after an illness of three weeks. At 
that time, Annie and her daughter, Ella Mae, left 
Boyle Creek and moved to Salmon. 

—Ella Mae Blood 



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Edward and Maude Hayes Corbett 

Edward H., oldest child of Joseph Fredrick and 
Louisa Gwyther Higgenson Corbett, was born 
October 3, 1908 in a log cabin under the shade of a 
sagebrush in Hatch, Idaho. He spent his younger life 
on a ranch and always had a way with horses. He 
was the one who drove his grandmother around in a 
horse and buggy. He learned to work hard at a very 
young age and continued doing so the rest of his life. 
He was a responsible and dependable young man. 
He herded the family's sheep at age eight on top of 
a mountain by himself. 

Maud Hayes was born July 7, 1907, in 
Georgetown, Idaho, the daughter of Joseph Smith 
and Elizabeth Leah Smith Hayes. She was the ninth 
child in her family. When only two years old, her 
father was killed at work. She was a hard worker and 
a very clean person and was known as an excellent 
cook, she especially made good cinnamon rolls, and 
fed many people. She also crocheted many beautiful 
items for friends and family. At age eighteen, Ed 
fell in love with his future wife and she waited for 
him for three years while he served a mission for the 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the 
Society Islands, mostly in the Tahiti group and the 
Island of Tubuai. On his return, they were married in 
the Logan Temple on June 17, 1931. 

They herded sheep for six months for their 
honeymoon. That winter, the ranch was lost because 
of the depression and the sheep were taken away. 
They came to Salmon in 1934, with baby daughter, 
Elizabeth (Beth), and lived on the old Governor 
Shoup Ranch, which he bought with his dad. A 
daughter, Tuana, was born at the Shoup house. They 
then moved to a little log cabin on the property 
where a daughter, Edna, was born. 

Ed had an eye for leveling, and was a road builder 
in the summer and wood hauler in the winter to earn 
money to make the ranch payments. He worked for 
Burgraff Construction Company on the Salmon River 
Road and two summers for Gibbons and Reed on 
the Railroad Canyon Road. They lived on the site in 
a tent those two summers. He, his dad, and 
brothers hauled wood down Williams Creek on a 
sleigh, cut it up on Saturday, loaded it on a team 
and wagon, and then delivered it for Four or Four 
and a half Dollars a cord. After they bought a truck, 
they could haul fifteen cords a day. They milked a 
few cows, raised hay, seed peas and potatoes. 

After Beth married, Ed and Maud were called on a 
mission for the LDS Church in Southeastern 
Missouri. Tuana and Edna went with them. 

When the Salmon River Stake was organized, Ed 
was called to be a counselor to President Earl 
Stokes. 

Due to a heart attack, rest was necessary so he 
went to Colonial Juarez, Mexico. He sold the ranch 



to his son-in-law, Rex Tolman. He then managed the 
range and bought a ranch at Hat Creek. Many young 
people spent their summers helping. Hat Creek was 
a place of good hospitality, good cooking, horseback 
riding and work. 

Maud was killed in an automobile accident July 31, 
1988. Ed late married Lynne Hursh Rubert. They 
reside at Hat Creek at this time. 

Elizabeth married James Rex Tolman on May 4, 
1951. Tuana married Clyde Raymond Gillespie Jr. on 
March 28, 1959. Edna married George Arno 
Mortensen Jr. on December 9, 1960, and divorced 
May 13, 1971. August 11, 1973, she married Donald 
E. Olsen. 

—Ed Corbett 




Maud and Edward Corbett 

Fredrick and Alice L. Corbett 

Fredrick and Alice Lowe Corbett were residents of 
Lemhi County for forty years. They were married in 
1940 and have eight children, five of whom were 
born in Salmon. All attended Salmon Schools. The 
Corbetts are active members of the Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 

Nancy Linell was a scholar and salutatorian of her 
class in 1959. She married Jon Francis Bills and has 
five children. They are prominent mink and cattle 
ranchers in Carmen, Idaho. Linell is an ideal farm 
wife and received "Farm Wife of the Year" Award. 
She raises an exceptional garden and is active in her 
church and community. 

Twins, David Lowe and Dawn, were born in Logan, 
Utah. Dawn was homecoming queen her senior year. 
She attended Brigham Young University. She 
married Verl P. Roundy of Provo, Utah, and has six 
children. They live in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he 
teaches school. Dawn teaches in church, seminary 
and public schools. 

David Lowe filled a church mission in Sweden. He 
graduated from Ricks College and Brigham Young 
University with a B.A. Degree in Communications. He 



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taught junior high math and English in Salmon. He 
obtained his M.A. Degree in Communications. He 
wrote a book on speech and dramatic art entitled 
ORAL INTERPRETATION: A Text for Junior High 
Students in Rural Areas. David built several houses in 
the county. He married Rilla Jean Schiess and has 
seven children. They live in Aberdeen, Idaho. 

Allan Fredrick was born in Ogden, Utah. He 
attended Ricks College and Utah State University at 
Logan, Utah, where he earned a B.S. and M.S. 
Degree in Accounting. He filled a church mission in 
Western Samoa. He married Marilyn Schwartz and 
has six children. They live in Shelley, Idaho, where 
he is affiliated with Century 21 Real Estate. 

Lindon Joseph filled a church mission in Texas and 
Louisiana. He graduated from Ricks College and 
Brigham Young University with a B.S. Degree in 
Electronics Technology. He earned his M.S. Degree 
from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, 
Maryland. He married LaRue Stoddart and has five 
children. He was a Lieutenant Commander in the 
U.S. Navy. They live in Severn, Maryland. 

Loel Gene went to the West Spanish-American 
Mission. He attended Ricks College and Brigham 
Young University. He received a B.S. Degree in 
Computer Integrated Manufacturing. He married 
Robyn Colleen Stout and has six children. He worked 
for IBM in Lexington, Kentucky, Tucson, Arizona, and 
now is in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is also skilled in 
many areas of building and designing. 

Joyce Elayne attended Ricks College. She married 
Bryan Jerome Steed of Las Vegas, Nevada, and has 
seven children plus a niece living with them. He is in 
the building business. 

Jerry Dale went to Cordoba, Argentina, on a 
church mission. He graduated from Ricks College 
and Utah state University. He married Lisa Nelson 
and has three children. He teaches Spanish at 
Brockbank Junior High in Magna, Utah. 

Fredrick was a Lemhi County rancher for many 
years. He also worked for Idaho Department of 
Highway, Pacific Iron and Steel, and U.S. Forest 
Service. They sold a home he built south of Salmon 
and moved to Wellsville, Utah, in 1978. In 1982, they 
served an eighteen month church mission in 
Nauvoo, Illinois, then moved to St. George, Utah. 
They presently live in Washington, Utah, where he 
works summers for the Forest Service at Pine Valley. 
Alice is an accomplished artist. Her paintings hang in 
many homes in Lemhi County, Cache Valley and 
other Western locations. She is a member of the 
Color County Artists Association and Utah Water 
Color Society. 

— Alice Corbett 



Joseph F. and Louisa Higgenson Corbett 

Joseph Fredrick Corbett was born on October 3, 
1883, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Joseph Edward and 
Louisa Elizabeth Gorringe Corbett. They moved to 
Bancroft, Idaho, when he was sixteen, where he, his 
mother, and siblings homesteaded farms and 
ranches. His father stayed in Garland, Utah, and 
worked at the sugar factory to make money to 
develop the Bancroft ranches. They built a large 
livestock operation, mainly purebred Rambouillet 
Sheep, and ran the largest band in Idaho. The 
ranches were lost in the depression of 1929. 

Louisa Gwyther Higgenson, who was born August 
25, 1886, in Goshen, Utah, to Hattie Jane Taylor 
and William Thomas Higgenson, was raised in the 
Chesterfield area near Bancroft, Idaho. She worked 
hard to get an education and was a gentle, loving 
person. In 1905, she married J.F. Corbett and then 
worked two years in the cheese factory, while he 
served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-Day Saints in the Central States. They had 
thirteen children, nine of whom survived. 




Louisa and J. Fred Corbett 



They moved to Salmon in 1933, and bought the 
old Governor Shoup Ranch in partnership with 
others. They and their sons got about half of it, 
where they raised seed peas, potatoes, and had 
brown Swiss milk cows. They lived on the ranch until 
a few years before their deaths. 



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The last few years, they moved up the Salmon 
River to Warm Springs Creek to their son, Bill's, 
ranch and opened a rock shop by the highway. Their 
rock collection was beautiful and they made 
everyone feel welcome and comfortable. They met 
many people and enjoyed this part of their lives. 
They never turned away a hungry person; everyone 
was brought in and fed. Louisa loved to bake and 
was known for her excellent pies. Many boys and 
girls found a second home with them and were 
made to feel welcome. Louisa died in Salmon on July 
21, 1968, and J.Fred died at his son, Ed's, ranch at 
Hat Creek on June 30, 1970. 

Their surviving children were Edward, Glenn, 
Myrna (Mrs. Ben Banks), Fred (Buzz), Bill, Ruth (Mrs. 
Harold Neyman), Ester Campbell, Ross, and Alice 
(Mrs. Tom Collis). 

—Ed Corbett 

Ross H. and Martha S. Corbett 

Ross H. Corbett was born June 5, 1924 in 
Bancroft, Idaho, to J.F. Corbett and Louisa Higginson 
Corbett. His wife, Martha Strain Corbett, was born 
September 26, 1920 in Idabel, Oklahoma, to Joseph 
Edward Strain and Sarah Elizabeth Young Strain. 

The couple have three children: Connie Louise 
Corbett was born April 2, 1947, in Salmon, Idaho. 
She married Dennis Citte. The couple adopted two 
children, Chad Ray Citte, and Marthann Citte. 

Peggy Sue Corbett was born April 21, 1948, in 
Salmon, Idaho. She married James I. Waite. They 
had three children Susan K. Waite, James C. Waite 
and Burton LeRoy Waite, who is now deceased. They 
adopted two more children, Loren Gene Waite and 
Joseph Earl Waite. 

Delores Fern Corbett was born June 8, 1950, in 
Salmon, Idaho. She married Melvin E. Bassett. They 
had four children: Mellodee Bassett, Scott Bassett, 
Jake Bassett, and Heidee Bassett. 

—Ross H. Corbett 

Solomon H. and Hannah Henderson 
Cork 

Solomon Hendrick Cork was born January 20, 
1850, in Summerville, Ohio. He was the son of 
George W. and Lydia Yarrington Cork. Solomon was 
a Methodist by faith. 

In 1878, Solomon moved to Utah and worked on 
the railroad which was being built from Butte, 
Montana, through Utah to points west. He was there 
when the Golden Spike was driven in Corrine, Utah. 

He met and married Hannah Abagail Henderson in 
Swan Lake, Idaho, November 7, 1880. She was the 
daughter of Thomas and Albina Kenny Henderson of 
Bountiful, Utah. To this union eleven children were 





Solomon and Hannah Cork 

born: Lydia born in 1881, died at three months; 
Mary Elizabeth born March 1, 1883 — died January 
20, 1943; James Solomon born June 15, 1885— 
died April 7, 1968; Thomas Roy born March 17, 
1887— died February 17, 1945; Ethel born 1889- 
died 1891; Guy Kenny born November 27 1891 — 
died 1906; Lora Pearl born May 30, 1893, in Turin, 
Iowa — died August 28, 1969; Inez Rebecca born 
June 8, 1895— died March 12, 1912; Ephram born 
1898- died as a small child; and William Wayne born 
October 6, 1900— died at birth. 

Solomon and Hannah Cork first lived in Pocatello, 
Idaho, where he worked on the railroad and helped 
transfer the railroad track from wide to narrow 
gauge. Their first three children were born in that 
vicinity. The oldest is buried at Swan Lake. 

About 1886, the family moved back to Iowa, 
where Solomon farmed for several years. The next 
five children were born there. They moved to 
Nebraska and farmed on land belonging to the 
Indians. While in Nebraska, Solomon ran the ferry 
across the Missouri River from Decatur, Nebraska. 

In 1902, Solomon moved his family back to Idaho 
via covered wagon. He located in Pocatello for a 
time, where he worked on ranches. 

The last child was born in Blackfoot, Idaho. He 
then moved to Spencer, Thomas, Pahsimeroi, 
Gibbonsville, Junction (now Leadore), and Salmon. 
Solomon died of pneumonia on November 29 
(Thanksgiving Day), 1929 in Salmon, Idaho. His wife, 
Hannah, died April 4, 1932, in Ogden, Utah. 

Their daughter, Inez, died of pneumonia at age 
sixteen. All three are buried side by side in the 
McRea Cemetery in Leadore. 

Their son, Guy, is buried in the May, Idaho, 
Cemetery. He was driving the derrick team and 
pulling a load of hay up onto the stack, when a tug 
on the harness broke, and the singletree came back 
and struck him in the stomach. He continued to 
work and hauled two more loads of hay that day. He 
died that night after calling his parents and telling 



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them he had pains in his stomach. 

Wayne died of cancer and is buried in the Salmon 
Cemetery. Mary Elizabeth is buried in Portland, 
Oregon. Lora Pearl (Mrs. Glen Stroud) is buried in 
the Salmon Cemetery. 

Lora Pearl came to Lemhi County via covered 
wagon from Nebraska when she was nine or ten 
years old. She died of Heart failure. She operated a 
rest home for the elderly until the time of her death. 

— Lila Barnet Driver 
George W. and Elizabeth Cottom 

George W. and Elizabeth S. Cottom arrived in 
Lemhi County on April 6, 1881. They came from 
Perry County, Illinois, with their two young children, 
Daisy and Morris. The trip took eleven days by rail 
and three days by wagon. 

In 1882, a son, Harry, was born. Shortly after, the 
Cottoms settled on a ranch ten miles northwest of 
Leadore. George and Elizabeth S. continued to ranch 
there until 1910. 

Morris and Harry went to college in Indiana, and 
later returned to the ranch at Leadore. 

In 1910, George and Elizabeth S. moved to 
California, later selling the ranch to Morris. 

Morris Cottom, born in 1875, married Elizabeth B. 
Basinger in 1902. Morris and Elizabeth had one son, 
Philip, who was born in 1904. 

Morris and Elizabeth B. continued to operate the 
family ranch for many years. Morris was active in 
other businesses, which included being president of 
the bank in Leadore in the early 1920's, and owning 
an insurance agency. He later became interested in 
growing disease free seed potatoes with his son, 
Philip. Morris died in 1930, from spotted fever at the 
age of fifty-four. 

Elizabeth B. and Philip sold the ranch a few years 
later. Philip married Ruth Irvine in 1933, and moved 
to Dillon, Montana, in 1934, to start a certified seed 







Elizabeth and Morris Cottom on ranch NW of Leadore 



potato operation with Ruth's father, William Irvine. 
Elizabeth B. also moved to Dillon, where she enjoyed 
many more years, and numerous visits with old 
friends from Idaho. 

—Bill Cottom 

David James and Constance Frith Couch 

David James Couch was born August 2, 1946, in 
Twin Falls, Idaho, to Louis Carl and Lola Farnworth 
Couch. He spent his first five years in Shoshone, 
then moved to Twin Falls, where he received his 
schooling. He entered the University of Idaho and 
later attended the College of Southern Idaho before 
enlisting in the Navy. After serving four years, he 
returned to Twin falls and began working for Newton- 
Schafer Engineers, who sent him to Salmon for the 
summer in 1970, where they had some large 
surveying projects. 

After his marriage in Twin Falls on January 9, 
1971, to Constance (Connie) Marie Frith, daughter 
of Fredrick William and Mary Lois Gunning Frith, 
David enrolled at Boise State University for the 
spring semester. In June of 1971, David and Connie 
moved to Salmon. 

Connie was born January 6, 1947, in Wendell, 
Idaho. She moved to Gooding when she was three, 
then to Twin F?lls at the age on nine where she 
resided until she graduated form high school. She 
attended and graduated from Marylhurst College, 
located near Portland, Oregon, with a degree in 
Mathematics and a minor in Home Economics. Her 
first job was teaching math and home economics in 
Boise, where she taught two years before coming to 
Salmon. She taught both math and home economics 
in Salmon for three years before resigning to have a 
family. On November 22, 1974, James David 
(Jamey) was born and Marnie Kathleen joined the 
family on March 14, 1976. 

In September of 1975, Newton-Schafer decided to 
close their office in Salmon. David and Jim Johnston 
decided they didn't want to return to Twin Falls, so 
they formed their own company, Johnston and 
Couch - Engineers and Surveyors. On January 1, 
1989, David and Connie bought out Jim Johnston 
and formed Couch Surveying and Mapping. 

David and Connie bought their property north of 
town in the spring of 1978 and built their cedar log 
house there, by themselves, the following fall and 
winter, where they still reside. 

Connie returned to teaching in January of 1984, 
when the Alternative School began. Since then, she 
has completed the requirements for a degree in 
Home Economics. 

David passed the state exam to become a licensed 
and registered professional land surveyor in March, 
1976. He also took and passed the government 



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exam to be a licensed mineral surveyor; there are 
only one hundred in the U.S. He has been active in 
the Idaho Association of Land Surveyors, where he 
served as state president in 1983-84. He was also a 
board member of the Western Federation of 
Professional Land Surveyors and served as their 
chairman in 1985-86. 

David enjoys being in the outdoors. His favorite 
pass-time is spending time in the hills on his horse, 
especially packing-in, camping, fishing and hunting. 
He also enjoys fishing for steelhead. David is a 
member of the Elks and the Salmon River 
Backcountry Horsemen. 

Connie's hobbies include sewing and needlework, 
golf, genealogy and gardening. She also likes 
camping and fishing, but not the long horse trips. 
She belonged to Beta Signa Phi Sorority for fifteen 
years and is a member of St. Charles Catholic 
Church, where she sings in the choir. 

— Connie Couch 

Grover C. and Norma H. Cox 

My mother, Norma Helmer, married William E. 
Clark in Sidney, Montana, on December 31, 1924. 
They moved to Lemhi County in 1929, and farmed 
up Wimpey Creek until sometime in 1929. They 
helped to build the first Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-Day Saints Chapel in the valley. 

After relocating in North Dakota, they had two 
daughters, LaDonna Ruth, and Lavinna Joan. In 
1933, they divorced and Norma returned to Salmon, 
where she met Grover Cleveland Bryan Cox, called 
"Red" because of his red hair. He worked for 
Charles Marshall of Bohannon Creek, and had three 
children from a previous marriage in Sherman, 
Texas. They were A.G. (Jack), Faye and Royce Cox. 

Norma and Red married at Dillon, Montana, 
November 25, 1933. Their first child, Charles, was 
born in Salmon in 1934. Seeking a better life, they 
left Salmon to return fourteen years later in the 
spring of 1947, with seven children: LaDonna, 
LaVinna, Charles, Elza, Martha, John and Abbie. 

Red first worked for Walter Fox up Kirtley Creek. 
Norma and Red worked in most of the restaurants in 
town as cooks. 

Growing up in Salmon was a fun and enjoyable 
time. You could go to the Saturday matinee for 
fifteen cents. It was always a double feature plus 
cartoons. Shows we saw were "The Lone Ranger 
and Tonto", "Roy Rogers", and "Gene Autry". 

I remember the board sidewalks in front of where 
Beasley's in located now. My best friend's 
grandmother lived there in a little white framed 
house. We spent a lot of time playing "Step in the 
crack, break your mother's back". Another thing we 
did for entertainment was ice skating, (the ice 



skating rink was where the library and museum are 
today). We lived in the Thatcher Building, the cinder 
block building across from McPherson's for many 
years. We would slide down the "snake trail" behind 
IGA Grocery in cardboard boxes, until we were 
frozen, and then go in the store to warm up. We 
even roller skated down the bar hill. In summers, 
you could always find us swimming at the power 
dam on the Lemhi River. 

Salmon always had big celebrations on the Fourth 
of July. When I was ten years old, I won five dollars 
rolling a peanut with my nose. The circus and 
carnivals would come into the valley to give us an 
idea of life outside of Salmon. 

Around 1950, Red worked for Clara Mining 
Company, and we lived in some barracks right at the 
mine site at Cobalt. There wasn't any electricity or 
plumbing. The milkman. Bill Sager, would bring us 
milk and supplies two or three times a week, which 
we kept in the creek or in a box on the shady side of 
the house, wrapped with wet burlap sacks. I can 
remember the smoked ham would get mold on it 
and my mother would clean it off with vinegar and 
we would eat it. The road in the winter terrified me; 
it was so narrow, slick and steep. 

Around 1951, we moved to the townsite, where 
Red and Norma were cooks for the men who lived in 
the barracks. 

The children were always part of the fun and 
entertainment at Cobalt. We spent a lot of time 
playing cards, dancing, and always had a Christmas 
party put on by the employer. This is where I 
learned to dance, and with Fred Walchli as my 
square dance partner, we won fifty cents dancing. 

In 1953, we moved back to Salmon. My two 
brothers, Charles and Elza, worked on many ranches 




BACK ROW: Lavinna Clark, Norma Cox, Charles Cox, LaDonna 
Clark INSET: Grover Cleveland Cox FRONT ROW: Martha, Elza, 
Abbie, and John Cox 



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in the area: for Chris Nilsson, Quinton Snook and 
Leonard Reagle. 

Elza was killed in a car wreck on November 12, 
1956, in St. Maries, Idaho, and is buried in the 
Salmon Cemetery. 

I loved school and was involved in many school 
activities; G.A.A. (Girls Athletic Association), Pep 
Club, and Future Nurses. We won the volleyball 
tournament when I was a freshman. This enabled me 
to see life outside the valley with all the games and 
field trips. 

Most of my family moved from the valley in 1956. 
but I continued to live here. Families I lived with 
were Henry and Lucy Guyaz, Mel and Vonnie Barrett, 
and Bob and Betty Studebaker. 

My father, Red Cox, died at Quincy, Washington, 
on January 10, 1975. Mother died at Moses Lake, 
Washington on July 6, 1990. 

Leaving the "Halls of Ivy' with the class of 1961, I 
promptly walked up the "Aisle of Wedded Bliss" on 
June 24, 1961, with my high school sweetheart, 
Clee Stokes. 

— Abbie Lee Stokes 



Gerald and Christie Craig 

"Westward Ho the Wagons", that's how we felt 
when we struck out with our home-made trailer filled 
to the hilt and hitched to the back of our '78 Ford 
Bronco. But there still were things we just had to 
have, so a small U-Haul trailer was rented and 
applied to the back of the Dodge. We headed West 
early one morning in the month of July. The journey 
to Idaho had begun, but the travel was slow. If we 
went faster than thirty-five miles an hour, the home- 
miade trailer would sway back and forth, forcing us 
to slow down. This made the trek a few days longer 
than expected. After a few problems, we arrived in 
the mountains of Idaho and what a beautiful sight! 
The rolling hills we had lived in were nothing 
compared to these majestic, rugged. Rocky 
Mountains. Still, to this day, their beauty is a wonder 
to behold and we give thanks to our God for His 
creations. We arrived in Salmon, called up our 
friends for directions to their road, and met them 
there. We rode with them up Tower Creek to their 
home, leaving our trailers and vehicles behind. The 
reunion was fantastic, a familiar face at last! But we 
weren't home yet; the following day we went to met 
our new landlord and boss, and moved into the 
cabin on the Twin Peaks Ranch. The scenery was 
breath-taking and the silence was deafening. There 
was no telephone or TV, and the closest neighbor 
was two miles away. 

School soon started, and our daughter was in the 
seventh grade. Now the morning treks down the two 
mile road to catch the bus began, then, weather 




Gerald, Cherryl, and Christa Craig 

permitting, a couple of horses were saddled up in 
the evening to bring her home. 

Jobs changed and we moved off the mountain top 
to the city. Finding a house on River Street, we 
moved in with our dog, cats, and horses. Many 
things have transpired since that November day in 
1980. We had joined the Baptist Church and became 
more and more involved there. Gerald went to work 
up at Cobalt at the Blackbird Mine until that closed 
shop, now Where? 

In the time between fulltime employment, he 
worked for the Forest Service, cleaning trails and I 
started cooking for the Senior Citizens once a week. 
That led to other part-time jobs of cooking and 
cleaning. 

Our daughter, Cherryl, went on through high 
school, graduating in 1985. She then 'flew the nest' 
and went to a Vo-tech school in Washington. While 
there, she interviewed for a job with the Continental 
Air Lines and moved to Houston, Texas, where she is 
still living. In March of 1986, she and Larry, a young 
man from Houston, came up and were married in 
our little church. Now we have a super grandson, 
who comes up and visits us for weeks at a time. He 
enjoys the mountains and going with us on our 
horses or snowmobiles. 

Gerald has always hunted, but I took it up after we 
moved out here. Now we both hunt birds, deer, and 
elk with our dog and horses and camp out whenever 
possible. Gerald worked as a janitor for the school 
for three years then got laid off. He pulled boards at 
the mill for awhile and is presently working as a 



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truck driver for Dahles' Red E Mix. We, like everyone 
else, have had our ups and downs, but the Lord has 
been faithful and we praise and thank Him for 
transplanting us here. 



Gus Craner 

Nestled in a small hollow, sort of under the road, 
and about a mile above the McDevitt Creek Ranch, 
now owned by the Leroy Bird Family, there sits a 
small, one-room log cabin with a near-by cellar and 
chicken house. The cabin and adjoining buildings 
were built by Gus Craner while he was working for 
Ernest Andrews, a former owner of the McDevitt 
Creek Ranch. Gus grew a large garden, and shared 
the bountiful crop with his friends. He canned for his 
own use and stored in his cellar. 

Gus was born in Oklahoma and was part Cherokee 
Indian. He served in the Army during World War II 
and played on his Army Base Football Team. While in 
the Army, Gus had tatoos put over much of his 
body. He had tatoos all over his arms, on his fingers, 
on his chest, on his ear lobes, in fact he was pretty 
well covered with tatoos. He said those tatoos were 
the biggest regret of his life and that he would have 
them removed if he could, because he didn't want to 
stand before God with tatoos on his body. 

He worked for John Stringer on a large sheep and 
cattle ranch in Oregon and Idaho for several years. 
In 1947, with his saddle horse and two pack horses, 
he came from the New Meadows area, through the 
mountains to the Yellowjacket Mine area, where he 
met Ernest Andrews, who had a band of sheep 
there. Ernest hired him as a camp tender. When the 
sheep were brought back to McDevitt Creek Ranch, 
Gus went to work on the ranch as an all around 
man. He drove a team of horses to mow hay, and 
ran buck rake to stack. Gus usually laid off in the 
winter to pursue his own work, but started work 
again when lambing started. His job was called 
"picking drop" or putting new born lambs and their 
mothers in the sheep shed where it was warm and 
dry. Gus was a good stockman and careful worker. 

He was a large man, about six foot two inches tall 
and weighed about 240 pounds with a mop of curly, 
iron gray hair. Gus was blessed with a happy 
personality; he enjoyed laughing. 

During the winter months, he earned extra money 
by making articles from leather which he tanned 
from deer, elk hides and perhaps some cow hides. 
He had built a machine that pounded the leather to 
soften it. There were paddles on a wheel that 
turned, pounding the leather. When he sewed the 
leather, he used an awl and two needles. He did 
finally get a leather sewing machine that made it a 
little easier, but for some articles he preferred his 
needle and awl. Lots of people had him make 



articles for them, and he had a lot of friends. He 
made leather hackamores, saddle bags, thermos 
holders to carry behind a saddle, plier cases to hang 
on a belt, moccasins and various other articles. Wells 
Jenson and the Andrews families still have 
moccasins that Gus made. Some were two-toned 
gold and brown with fringe around the sides and 
back. Gus also repaired saddles, harness, and shoes. 
He could do just about anything with leather. 

In his later years, Gus bought a small trailer house 
and moved it over by the old steel High Bridge on 
the Lemhi River. He began complaining about his 
back hurting. Not long after that he went to the 
Salmon Hospital, and later was taken to the Boise 
Veterans Hospital, where he died about 1975. 

— Wells and Audrey Jenson 
— Boyd Andrews 

T.Y. and Gayle Criddle 

Our lives in Salmon began on February 1, 1954, 
after purchasing Vic's Court from Ken and Ruth 
Withington. Our daughters, Nancy and Bonnie, 
completed grade school and high school in Salmon. 
Nancy married Larry Daniels, a native son and still 
lives in Salmon. After graduating from high school, 
Bonnie left Salmon, became a Registered Nurse and 
now lives in Salt Lake City. She also married a 
Salmon son, William Stricklan. Our son, Monte, 
graduated from Downey High School. He lives in 
Brigham City and works for Thiokol Corporation. 

Our property included a trailer court, motel and 
lunch counter, called the Red Ribbon, which was 
leased by Del Jones, Sr. Mr. Jones had always 
dumped his waste from the lunch counter in the 
furnace room. We used sawdust for our heat source 
and it was a haven for mice. After the first week of 
catching mice in traps, I said "No more dumping". 
He did not like that notice, so when his lease was up 
it was not renewed again. So — , besides the motel 
and trailer park, we ran the cafe and changed the 
name to the Drive in Motel. We had a good business 
and met many people. The good years were when 
the mines were working at Patterson and Cobalt. 
They had alternate weekends off, so every week we 
would have business from the miners. 

The winter the Intermountain Lumber Company 
burned was hard on us because we had no sawdust 
to buy for our furnace. We used slab wood and 
bought some sawdust from Darby, Montana; quite a 
long haul. We installed a Propane furnace and water 
heater. Thought we had everything under control, 
but the city was digging in the alleyway and hit a gas 
line. The leaking fumes were ignited by a pilot light 
and we had a fire. Thanks to the firemen, the 
furnace room was all that burned. Another year a 
propane truck started leaking at the V-1 Station and 



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started fires in three of our trailers, blowing out 
windows and one of the girls was hurt. It scorched 
our lawn and burned our evergreens. We were lucky, 
thanks to the quick response of firemen, and had no 
buildings burned. The truck leaked and burned all 
night until the gas was emptied. 

We enjoyed our hunters in the fall. One year one 
of the fellows was killed in a car accident up 
Wagonhammer. The Jeep rolled; after he died the 
fellows lost their desire to come as a group. 

A sad time for us came when a friend and 
employee was drowned below North fork. She and 
her son were going down river to pick cherries. They 
went off the road into the river. She was found a 
week later, but his body was never found. 

We had many things left in our motel. A wallet, 
that I asked KSRA Radio to announce, was returned 
after a truck driver caught up with the car and told 
the owner. He was really thankful, because he was 
at the top of Lost Trail Pass. Another time a dog was 
left and the people had to drive back from Challis. 
Once a tiny baby, wrapped in a blanket, was missed 
when the mother noticed that none of the children 
were holding the baby. Back they drove, ten miles. 
There was a ninety-six year old grandpa with a note 
in his pocket telling which church he belonged to. 
On this occasion Chief of Police, Billy Lewis, helped 
us, as he had helped many other times. There was 
an occasion when an older fellow was beaten and 
left in the room. He was later admitted to the 
hospital. As you can see, we had many experiences. 

After our children were married we decided we 
would move back to Pocatello, Idaho. We spent 
twenty-one years in Salmon and sold our property 
on May 1, 1975. 

—Gayle Criddle 

Milan and Antonia Palian Crnkovich 

Milan was born in 1882 in Mrkopolj, Yugoslavia, in 
Croatia and came to Butte, Montana, with his two 
brothers to work on the copper mines. 

He met Antonia Palian, who was born in Gorence, 
Yugoslavia, through her brothers. They married in 

1910, and lived in Butte until moving to Leesburg in 

1911. They moved to Tendoy and Milan worked on 
the Van Sickle Ranch. They purchased their 
homestead in Lemhi. 

Born to the marriage were eight children, namely: 
Tony, born 1911; Amelia, born 1913; Milan, born 
1914; Bill, born 1917; Margaret, born 1919; 
Elizabeth, born 1921; Rose born 1923; and 
Lawrence, born 1927. 

When Milan died in Lemhi of miners consumption 
(TB) in 1928, Antonia was too proud to sign up for 
widow's benefits; life was a real struggle for her. 

Antonia raised her children on her own. To keep 



the family going, she sold cream from her milk cows, 
and traded eggs for groceries at the Tendoy Store. 
She would sell one cow in the fall and that's what 
they lived on. She and the children raised chickens, 
ducks, geese, horses, sheep, lambs and turkeys. The 
sheep and lambs were sold to pay the remaining 
mortgage on the ranch. Antonia canned over eight 
hundred quarts of fruits and vegetables each year 
for her family. 

She bought two tons of purple grapes each year 
from Charlie Buscoe and made wine. The quality was 
excellent. There were many visitors dropping by for 
a taste. Fr. Bradley from the St. Charles Catholic 
Church often times would stop by the house prior to 
serving Mass in Lemhi to pick up some wine for the 
services. The children grew up drinking wine at 
dinner; it was like water to them. In those days you 
were allowed to make your own wine, but it was 
against the law to sell it. You could give it away, 
however. 

The family gathered wool from dead sheep and 
barbed wire fencing, where the sheep would try to 
go under and get caught, and sent it to Utah to be 
made into blankets. 

Antonia hitchhiked to Salmon, twenty-five miles 
away, once a month for supplies. She'd always treat 
her family to bananas. She always seemed to find a 
ride home. Sometimes she'd take the horse and 
buggy. It took all day to get to Salmon and return. 

Most items were purchased at Ray Pierce's 
Tendoy Store. He was remembered as a saint for 
extending credit to so many. 

Antonia did not have a middle name. When her 
children were in school and the teachers needed to 
have a middle name on a form for school, she 
decided she'd just throw an 'H' in there. When asked 
what it stood for, she decided "Hilda" would be a 




FRONT: Antonia Crnkovich MIDDLE: Lawrence (Larry), Bill and 
Milan Crnltovich BACK: Amelia, Margaret, Elizabeth, and Rose 
Crnkovich 



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good middle name, so she was known as Antonia 
Hilda Crnkovich. 

Antonia moved to Dillon, Montana, in 1941. She 
rented the ranch until she sold it in 1943 to Al 
Schlehuber, who in turn sold it to the Ganske's. 
Antonia married Adolph Kruljac of Dillon in 1941. 

She died in February, 1955 and is buried in the 
Salmon City Cemetery with her first husband, Milan, 
and their first son, Tony, who died at an early age. 

Antonia was remembered by many in the valley as 
the kindest person in the world. She opened her 
home and hospitality to everyone that came to her 
door. 

— Demise M. Brisbois Bender 

Steve and Dee Ann Crofoot 

Steve and Dee Ann Crofoot moved to the Lemhi 
Valley in July 1971. They purchased a ranch on 
Sandy Creek from Fred Malcolm and are still 
operating it. 

Steve, son of Gardyn and Hope Crofoot, was born 
May 31, 1946, at Great Falls, Montana. His family 
owned a large dry farm at Big Sandy, Montana. In 
1962, they moved to Arlee, Montana, and he 
graduated from nearby St. Ignatius High School. He 
graduated from the University of Montana and 
taught school at St. Ignatius, Montana, for one year 
before moving to Salmon to ranch. 

De Ann, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Hogge, 
was born May 9, 1948, at St. Ignatius, Montana. Her 
family owns a small dairy there. She graduated from 
St. Ignatius High School and attended the University 
of Montana. 

They have four children: Sheldon, born January 
23, 1966 at Missoula, Montana, graduated from 
Salmon High School and Idaho State University. He 
is now teaching school in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He 
married Lori Allred of Pocatello, Idaho in August of 
1989. 

Rhoda, born November 19, 1968, at Missoula, 
Montana, graduated from Salmon High school and 
attended Ricks College. She married Tal Richman 
and was later divorced. A son, Derick Richman, was 
born June 27, 1989. She married Chris Coffey in 
July 1990. 

Bo, born June 17, 1976, in Salmon, attends high 
school there. 

Bart, born August 15, 1979 in Salmon, attends the 
Brooklyn Middle School. 

— Dee Ann Crofoot 

Hyrum and Stella Crook 

Hyrum Crook and Stella Bruce were married 
December 22, 1913, in the LDS Temple in Logan, 
Utah. They lived in Kemmerer, Wyoming, for a short 
while, and he tended sheep. The also lived in 



Montpelier, Idaho, where their oldest son, Everett, 
was born. Shortly after that, the family moved to 
Smoot, Wyoming, and lived and worked on his 
father's ranch. They moved to Etna, Wyoming, on a 
fairly good size piece of land that was mostly 
sagebrush and rabbits. Hyrum worked as a 
blacksmith and helped his dad on the ranch. After 
fighting the elements, lack of livestock, equipment, 
and money, they gave up the land and moved to 
Idaho Falls, Idaho. 

Hyrum worked on various labor jobs by the day, 
for the next few years. Stella cooked for sheep men, 
cleaned houses and worked for years in a bakery. 
Somehow, they managed to build a house, despite 
the depression years. They also raised nine children 
there. 

In 1947, Hyrum and Stella sold their home and 
headed for the Salmon River Valley. Two daughters, 
Maxine and Patsy, who were still in school, came 
with them. Hyrum loved the valley and the people 
here immediately, but it took Stella a long time to 
call it home. 

They lived on a small farm two miles from town, 
where Hyrum milked cows and raised a few crops. 
Stella loved to garden and had an enormous one. 
Twenty rows of strawberries and twelve rows of 
raspberries helped out, as she sold every berry she 
and the girls could pick in the summer. 

In the winter of 1952, with the temperature in the 
twenty-five degree below zero range, the house 
caught on fire, and burned to the ground. As cold as 
it was, all the firemen could do was to rescue 
everything from the house and let it burn. With the 
help of friends, family and church members, Hyrum 
and Stella moved into a new house in 1954. How 
Stella loved her home! 

Hyrum's health began to fail in the next few years, 
so they sold the farm in 1963 and moved to Salmon. 

On December 22, 1963, they celebrated their 
Golden Wedding Anniversary. All nine of the couple's 
children were here to celebrate with their parents, 
plus son-in-laws, daughter-in-laws and a multitude of 
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 





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Hyrum died in 1965, at the age of seventy-six. 
Stella continued to make her home in Salmon. 

She was an accomplished seamstress and made 
several hundred quilts until her eyes failed her. If 
there was a family in need or burned out, she made 
sure they did not go to bed without warm quilts. 
Several of her daughters have followed in her 
quilting steps. 

Stella's flower beds and gardens were a bright 
spot in her neighborhood. She raised prize winning 
roses for twenty years. She always delivered 
bouquets to the local hospital for those who had 
none. 

In January 1984, the ice jammed Lemhi River 
overflowed its banks and displaced three hundred 
fifty-eight people from their homes. One of those 
people was Stella Crook. She was living in the 
Imperial Apartments when this tragedy struck. Jack 
McKinney packed her from her flooded house on his 
back. Nora Hutchison, one of Stella's daughters was 
also flooded from her home. Nora and Stella lived 
together for about three years, then Stella moved to 
Challis to stay with her daughter, Betty Maraffio. 

Hyrum and Stella raised nine children, all of whom 
are still living today. Everett lives in Idaho Falls, 
Idaho; Verda lives in Redmond, Oregon; Nora lives in 
Mountain Home; Betty lives in Challis, Idaho; Ruth 
lives in Pocatello, Idaho; Patsy lives in Seattle, 
Washington; and Blaine, Freeda, and Maxine live in 
Salmon, Idaho. 

— Maxine Sager 



Murray and Lydia Walker Crook 

Murray Anthony Crook was a native of Ava, Illinois. 
He was born there on July 2, 1890, the son of 
Joseph Edward and Laura Carr Crook. Both parents 
were also natives of the Ava vicinity. Joseph was 
born in Ava, March 7, 1867. Murray's mother died 
when he was twenty-one months old and Joseph 
remarried. The family moved to Salmon, Idaho, in 
1900, and settled on a ranch in the Lemhi Valley, 
known as the Fischer Place. 

Being the oldest child in the family, Murray began 
working out at an early age, mostly on various 
ranches in the area. Receiving his early education in 
Salmon Public Schools, Murray continued his studies 
at a Seventh-Day Adventist School, where he 
graduated in 1912. After college, he returned to 
Salmon and lived out his life there. His father, 
Joseph Edward Crook, died June 10, 1955. 

Lydia Leona Walker was born near St. Cloud, 
Minnesota on May 31, 1896, to George and Lucille 
Elwell Walker, who were both born in Minnesota. 
George worked in and around sawmills most of his 
life. The family moved to Kalispell, Montana in 1902, 
where Lucille died in 1906. The family then moved 



to Tacoma, Washington, and came to Salmon, Idaho, 
in 1910. Lydia Leona received her education in 
schools in Tacoma and Salmon. 

At Salmon, on May 12, 1914, Murray Crook and 
Lydia Walker were married. The were the parents of 
three children: Carol Edith was born April 30, 1915. 
She married Rollin Westfall, who worked with his 
father-in-law, and they had three children. 

Laura Leona was born September 3, 1916. She 
married Bill Schnug, a farmer at Wellington, 
Colorado. Four children were born to Laura and Bill. 

Lois Lucille was born September 4, 1918. She 
married Gerald G. McGovern, a steel-rigger in 
Sacramento, and they had two children. 

The Crook family lived on the Goodell Place for a 
few years, then to the place now known as the 
Chipman Place. Later, Murray bought a steam- 
engine and threshing machine and threshed grain 
throughout Lemhi County. They moved out to what 
is now the Salmon Airport and continued to thresh 
grain and dry farmed for several years before 
moving into town. In the off-season, they set up a 
sawmill at the head of Carmen Creek, where they 
worked through the winters for three or four years 
and threshed grain in the fall. 

Their next place of abode was at Carl Gulch, 
where they lived for three or four years, moving on 
then to Frank Miller's sawmill on Ditch Creek. They 
bought the sawmill and lived there for twenty-four 
years. The Smith Brothers then bought the sawmill 
and the Crook and Westfall families moved into 
Salmon once more. 

The Smiths sold the sawmill to Henry Benson and 
it burned down in less than a year. Murray started a 
tractor repair business in Salmon and built the large 
garage at the Highway 93-28 Junction. He had the 
Allis-Chalmers dealership for several years. He sold 
the shop and retired in 1959. Murray was a member 
of the Idaho and the National Hardware and 
Implement Dealer Associations, was a Rupublican in 
his politics, a member of the Chamber of Commerce 




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Murray Crook 

and the Patron of Husbandry. His religious faith was 
that of the Methodist Church. He died November 7, 
1960, and is buried in the Salmon Cemetery. 

Lydia Crook was also active in the Patrons of 
Husbandry, was Chaplain of her Grange for four 
years and was formerly a member of the executive 
committee for the Rebekahs. She continued to live 
in Salmon after Murray's death; her last years were 
spent at her daughter, Carol's, home. She passed 
away October 9, 1974, and is also buried in the 
Salmon Cemetery. 

— History Committee-Doris Brown 
— Information by Carol Allen 

Alex Cruikshank 

Alexander Cruikshank was born near West Point, 
Iowa about 1850. He was raised on a farm but went 
to Texas where he spent several years as a cowboy. 
He came to Bannock, Montana in 1872 where he 
resided with his sister, Mrs. Samuel Dunlap. 

In 1877 during the Nez Perce War, he served as a 
scout with Col. Rube Robbins under Gen. Howard's 
command rendering valuable service to the United 
States troops in their pursuit and capture of many 
renegade Indians in the Bannock Indian War. 

Alex settled in Lemhi County in 1878 near 
Leadore. He made a ranch and acquired 
considerable livestock. He always lived near the 
railroad station of Cruik which was named in his 
honor. His home was located in Cruikshank Canyon, 
which is part way up Railroad Canyon. 

The pioneer stockman was well known to almost 
everybody in the county. He never married, but his 
home was noted for it's hospitality and many's the 



man who was helped on his way with the comforts 
of food and shelter from the hand of Alex 
Cruikshank. His friends were many, for he 

generously accorded everyone all the courtesy due 
them. His generous nature prevented him from 
having a fortune, as he gave lavishly of his own 
supply to help accommodate his fellowmen. 

Alex died January 25. 1919 at his ranch home at 
age 69. Death was caused by pneumonia. He and 
another historic pioneer, Frank B. Sharkey, died 
within four days of each other. 

The Salmon paper carried both obituaries on the 
front page of the January 29, 1919 issue. Alex was 
laid to rest in the Salmon Cemetery near the grave 
of his sister, Mrs. Dunlap. The Rev. B.F. Meridith 
ended his remarks at Alex's graveside services with 
the following paragraph: "Alex was a pioneer settler 
in both Beaverhead and Lemhi Counties, but now 
like most of the old timers whose work is completed, 
passes to the other shore. Peace be to his soul". 

— Fred Snook 

Clifford O. and Nancy Cummings 

Clifford 0. Cummings and Nancy Cummings came 
to Arco, Idaho in late 1947. They operated a 
convenience store and trailer park while awaiting 
construction of the AEC Project scheduled for the 
Arco desert. Both worked on the project when it 
started. 

Cliff was from DeGraff, Ohio, and Nancy was from 
Chicago, Illinois. Nancy was Butte County Court 
Reporter and Secretary to Prosecuting Attorney Mac 
Boyatt for many years. 

They had four children; Shirley, Sherrie, Kathy and 
Cliff, Jr. Later Jon was born in Arco, Idaho. 

Each weekend during the summer and fall, the 
family would go to North Fork, Idaho. They all loved 
to go camping, fishing and hunting. In 1952, they 
purchased a ranch up Hull Creek. (Now known as 




The Cummings Family - Christmas 1985 



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Cummings Lake Lodge.) Cliff could envision a lake on 
the property. When all the necessary paperwork was 
completed, construction of Cummings Lake 
commenced. 

After moving to Arco. and becoming familiar with 
the area up Hull Creek, Cliff became an Outfitter and 
Guide. He also floated the Middle Fork and Main 
Salmon River using rubber rafts and jet boats. Cliff 
and his sons worked together in the hunting and 
boating business. 

In 1954, The Triangle C Inn property in North Fork 
was purchased. Extensive remodeling was 
undertaken, putting in a restaurant, beer bar and 
lodging. In 1960, the family moved to North Fork 
and operated the Triangle C Inn. Nancy and her 
mother, "Mama Mia", as she was affectionately 
called, introduced real Italian Pizza to Lemhi County 
and elsewhere. People came from all over to see 
"Mama Mia" and enjoy her Pizza, Italian cuisine and 
great hospitality. She passed away in November 
1970, and was laid to rest beside her husband, John, 
in the Arco Cemetery. Cliff, Nancy and the children 
continued to operate the Triangle C Inn. 

Prior to moving to North Fork, Cliff purchased four 
log cabins from a sale at Craters of the Moon, near 
Arco. He and Nancy moved them to the Hull Creek 
Ranch. Three of these cabins are still at the ranch. 

In 1975, construction commenced on Cummings 
Lake Lodge. The Triangle C Inn was sold and the 
family moved into the lodge when completed and 
conducted business there. 

In 1979, the old landmark, the Triangle C Inn, was 
completely destroyed by fire. Now it is gone and 
missed by many. 

Cliff and Nancy operated the Outfitting and 



Guiding Business until 1988, when their son and his 
wife. Cliff Jr. and Linda, took it over. 

The children married and had families of their 
own. 

Shirley married Dan Walker and lives in Salmon. 
Their children are: Jeanne (Mrs. Bruce Withers) of 
Santa Ana, California; Daniel L., who lives in Salmon 
and has a son, Christopher; Beth (Mrs. Sam Miller) 
lives in Salmon and has two daughters, Kayla and 
Jennifer; 

Sherrie married Ron Auen of Covina, California. 
Their children are Paula Pilato; Deedie (Mrs. Sam 
Reed) and daughter of Covina. 

Kathy married Mel Meyers of Ogden, Utah. Their 
children are Darci and Charles. 

Cliff Jr. married Linda and they live at North Fork. 
Their children are Clifford R. who married Tami, and 
Michael of Boise Idaho. 

Jon lives at North Fork. His children are Justin and 
Jeffrey. 

The children were a great help during the 
construction of Cummings Lake and Cummings Lake 
Lodge. Much blood, sweat, and tears went into this 
great project. Seeing its' completion was very 
gratifying. It is greatly appreciated and enjoyed by all 
at each opportunity. It is a beautiful spot nestled 
among the mountains and pines and completely 
surrounded by forest land, nature and wild life. 

Cliff's parents, Clarence and Opal, moved to 
Salmon also, but are now laid to rest in the Salmon 
Cemetery, along with a son, Lawrence. A brother, 
Lewis, resides in Salmon. A sister, Shirley Kidd, lives 
in Idaho Falls, and a brother, Rody, in Blackfoot, 
Idaho. Two sisters and a brother live in Ohio. 

— Cliff and Nancy Cummings 







Cummings Lake Lodge on the Triangle C Ranch 



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Dahle Family 

Monday, April 21, 1862, three Norwegian brothers, 
John, Johannes, and Helge H. Dahle, with their 
mother Anna, boarded the ship Electric and sailed to 
America. The family members were recent converts 
to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints 
(Mormons) and their destination was Salt Lake City, 
Utah. By 1864 the family had settled in Logan, Utah, 
and Johannes was among the first settlers in 
Clarkston, Utah, located a few miles west of Logan, 
Utah. They were an industrious family and were 
soon engaged in the business of farming and building 
a flour mill. 

The first record of a Dahle in the Salmon River 
Country was Helge who purchased some property 
near Salmon on Carmen Creek about 1884. He 
didn't stay long in the Salmon area, but his stories of 
the Salmon River Country were told to some of his 
nephews who decided to come to this area to settle 
years later. 

During the 1920's, depression struck the country 
and the Dahle family, in the Clarkston area, were not 
immune to the financial burdens that followed. The 
flour mill and farm were lost. Four of Johannes' 
sons, Moses, Frank, Gilbert, and Edward decided to 
try their hand at the mining business. The Lost River 
Country, near Arco, Idaho, seemed to have some 
interesting prospects for silver. The boys acquired 
some property located on Champagne Creek near 
Craters of The Moon and went to work with high 
hopes and dreams. It wasn't long until they found 
that the mining business was not profitable and that 
it was subject to the unstable market price of the 
metals. 

By 1938, Edward, his wife Nancy, and their six 
living children Charlie, Voyd, Lee, Nettie, Ida May, 
and Norman, had established themselves is Salmon. 
A few years later a home was built at 523 South 
River Street. Edward and his boys also built a water- 
powered sawmill located south of Salmon along the 
river. Shortly after the sawmill was built, it burned 
down. The family always believed it was arson. 
Edward was a builder and a hard worker. He built 
several homes in the Salmon area, many of which 
are still being used today. Edward died in 1942 but 
three of his sons, Charlie, Voyd, and Norman stayed 
and raised their families here. Charlie was engaged 
in the well-drilling business, Norman in the 
excavating business and Voyd in a ready mixed- 
concrete business. 

In the year 1959 the three brother decided that 
the water pump that Charlie had been developing 



could be used as the means to power a boat. The 
brother began trying to get a boat developed that 
would be workable on the River of No Return 
(Salmon River). The advantage of using the water jet 
pump was that it could be operated in extremely 
shallow water. Their boat completed, they made the 
first successful jet-powered boat run in the Salmon 
River and, as far as the family knows, the world. The 
brothers had high hopes that they would be 
successful in marketing the pump but it didn't come 
to pass. There were some disillusioned brothers, but 
because of their efforts the jet boats that run the 
Salmon and other rivers are powered by pumps that 
were patterned after the one designed by the Dahle 
Brothers. 

The Dahle name is still a familiar name to the folks 
of the Salmon River Country and we hope to be able 
to continue to make a contribution to the growth 
and well-being of Lemhi County. 

— E. Lynn Dahle 



Charles J. Dahle 

Charles J. Dahle was born in Rigby, Idaho on July 
7, 1907. His family moved to Cache Junction, Utah a 
few years later, when his father purchased a flour 
mill there. Charles married Zola Richards on June 
30, 1935. He worked as an equipment operator with 
a road construction company, until he moved to 
Salmon at his father's request. His father had 
purchased a small sawmill from Harry "Cap" Guleke 
and asked for Charlie's help in operating it, as well 
as from Charlie's brothers Voyd, Leiand, and 
Norman. Part of the purchase agreement included 
the construction of Mr. Guleke's last boat, since he 
was retiring from the river-running business. Charlie 
worked at the sawmill for a time, but eventually 
started a well-drilling business in the Salmon area. 

Charlie was an avid fisherman. His many fishing 
trips allowed him to become acquainted with the 
outfitters who transported fishermen and tourists up 
and down the river. In addition to the fish stories, 
the conversation included the damage done by the 
rocks to their out-board propellers. 

After considering their dilemma, Charlie modified a 
pump that he had built to test wells with. He 
mounted the pump in an old Army surplus pontoon 
barge. He powered the pump with an automotive 
engine from a wrecked car. The "barge", as it was 
called, was steered by means of a rudder mounted 
in the center of the jet stream. A long pole was 
needed, to provide sufficient leverage, to move the 
rudder. 

This barge was the first jet boat on the Salmon 
River. It made its maiden voyage in 1956. It was one 
of the very first jet boats ever to be built anywhere. 



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Norman Dahle, Charles Dahle, Voyd Dahle, and an unknown 
service station attendant. 



The barge was used as a means for Charlie to test 
his pumps. He made many modifications and 
changes. Eventually Charlie was granted two patents 
for his pump designs. 

Charlie's jet boats caused quite a sensation in 
Salmon at the time. Many of the local residents went 
down the river to see Charlie's boats, whenever he 
was testing them. Often times they were rewarded 
with a ride. They were no doubt attracted by the jet 
of water out the back of the boat and the fifty-foot 
rooster tail the early boats made when they turned. 
Charlie said, "I think I must have given everybody in 
Salmon a jet boat ride, at least once!" 

After working out the bugs in his pump, Charlie 
went into a partnership with his brothers Voyd and 




Gordon H. Dahle at helm of the barge. 



Norman, to produce the pump commercially. In 
1959 they had a welded aluminum jet boat custom 
made in Portland, Oregon. It was 24 feet long, 8 feet 
wide, and powered by a 390 cubic inch, 345 
horsepower Cadillac Marine engine. The boat worked 
well! The brand new boat was their best salesman. 
The sold pumps to outfitters on the Salmon River, 
and also to outfitters on the Rogue River in Oregon. 

Unfortunately, commercial production ceased 
when it was learned that electrolysis, which is an 
oxidation process, was slowly eating the steel casing 
of the pumps. The solution involved making the 
pumps out of more corrosiveresistant metals, such 
as aluminum or stainless steel. The cost of building 
pumps out of these metals proved to be too much, 
so pump production was discontinued. The 
aluminum jet boat was sold, and the partnership 
dissolved. 

In time, Charlie's competitors built better pumps, 
but in its day Charlie's pump was the best for white- 
water use. His pump didn't suffer from cavitation, as 
much as other pumps did, and it allowed a big river 
boat to turn in its own length. 

When most people see a jet boat they don't think 
of Charles Dahle, but hopefully the people of the 
Salmon area will remember his contribution for a 
long time to come. 

—Gordon H. Dahle 



Harold and Mabelle Hamm Daly 

Harold I. Daly was born June 26, 1896 to Thadius 
and Emma Daly in Denver, Colorado. When he was 
five years old the family moved to Smithfield, Utah. 
Seven years later he finished grade school and 
attended the Cassia Academy. He worked at the 
Buhl drug store for two years. He then went to Twin 
Falls and was employed by the Straus Clothing store. 

Harold married his high school sweetheart, 
Mabelle Hamm, in 1917. Mabelle was born October 
19, 1897 in Circleville, Kansas to Robert and Anna 
Linviile Hamm. She was a member of the girl's 
basketball team during her high school years. She 
entered business college and received secretarial 
training. 

After their marriage Harold worked in Twin Falls 
for eleven years. Then the family moved to Ely, 
Nevada, where he was assistant manager of the J.C. 
Penney Company. In 1935 he was appointed 
manager of the Salmon J.C. Penny store and he held 
that position until he retired in 1956. In 1926 Mr. 
Daly was the highest man in sales in the Penney 
stores in the United States and was awarded a trip 
to New York. 

Two children were born to Harold and Mabelle 
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Harold Daly 

were especially happy to move to Salmon where 
there was a healthier environment for their growing 
children. Mabelle was a devoted mother, an 
energetic worker in her church, and an avid 
gardener. She traveled with Harold a good deal, 
acting as chauffeur, but still found time to be an 
excellent hostess, grow her beloved roses and help 
with church activities. Flowers were her special 
delight. She was a long time member of the 
Methodist Women's group and also the Salmon 
Garden Club. 

Harold served the Salmon community well during 
his years of residence. He was president of Rotary, 
president of the Chamber of Commerce, served one 
term on the school board, and was price control 
chairman of OPA during the war years. He was a 
charter member of the Elks Lodge. 

Harold passed away in September, and Mabelle 
died in January 1990. Both of them are buried in the 
Salmon Cemetery. 

— History Committee 

Wesley G. Dana 

Wesley Gene Dana was born in 1933 in California. 
He was the second son of Raymond Wesley of Utah 
and Ethel Jackson of Idaho. Patricia Anne Healey 
was raised in Utah, born in 1933, the only child of 



Rupert Curtis of Oklahoma and Leila Ellen Raynor of 
California. Her family moved to California in 1945, 
due to her dad's government work. 

Wes and Pat met at Tracy High School, as they 
were in the same class. A year after graduation they 
were married September 17, 1952 in the Salt Lake 
L.D.S. Temple. 

The next year in 1953 their first child Gene was 
born in Tracy, California. The same year Wes was 
inducted into the Army, during the Korean conflict. 
While Wes was stationed in North Carolina in 1954, 
Pat and Gene joined him at Fayetteville near the 
Fort Bragg Army Base. The Base hospital is where 
the second child, LeeAnn was born. After his Army 
discharge they made their home in North Highlands, 
California near Sacramento. The family was blessed 
with another daughter Lorraine, who was born in 
1958. 

The family moved to Hawaii in 1963 and spent 
nine years there. They enjoyed the island living and 
the local cultures they found there. They have fond 
memories of the people and many activities. 

The children had grown through the years and by 
the time the family moved to Idaho their son Wesley 
Gene, Jr. was in the middle of a two year L.D.S. 
Colorado Mission. Gene had previously finished two 
years at Ricks. He worked and attended college at 
B.Y.U. after being released from his mission. Gene 
graduated to become a cartographer and spent eight 
years in Government Defense mapping in Texas. He 
currently is working with the United States 
Geological Service in Denver. 

In 1973 daughter LeeAnn Susan was ready to 
attend Ricks college. She met, fell in love and 
married Stanley Robert Burrows. Four of their five 
children were born in Salmon; Jason, Jenny, 
Creeland and Ryan. Janelle was born in Utah where 
the family now resides. 

Daughter Lorraine H. started her Sophomore year 
in 1973 at Salmon High School. She worked three 
years on the school yearbook. Lorraine enjoyed all 
sports, but especially basketball. After graduation 
from high school, she went on to Ricks for a short 
time. She has married a Salmon native. Jack 
Sorensen. Their family consists of Treva, Wesley, 
Tara and J.D. 

The family members belong to the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and have held 
various positions through the years. Wes had served 
over three years as Bishop of Salmon first Ward 
beginning in January 1977. Previous to 1977 Pat 
served several years as Relief Society President in 
the Ward. 

They have enjoyed their years in the Salmon area, 
living a rural life on Carmen Creek. Those living away 
from the area like to come home to Salmon for 
visits. 

— Patricia H. Dana 



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Frank Daniels 

In 1937. Mr. Frank Elbert Daniels, his wife, Lulu 
Ada (Pospesil) Daniels, their only son, Isaac Franklin 
Daniels and his new bride, Mary Alice (Davis) Daniels, 
sold their dry farm at Bone, Idaho, and purchased a 
sawmill on nintey acres of land on Panther Creek 
about twelve miles above what is presently known as 
Cobalt, from John Oyler. The sawmill and planing 
mill were powered by large wood-fired steam boilers. 
Logs were dragged to the sawmill by teams of 
horses. The operation was seasonal as freezing 
weather closed them down for a few months during 
the winter. 

The Daniels family lived on Panther Creek year 
round until their first daughter, Carol Jean, born 
August 18, 1939, was old enough to start school. 
The second daughter, Louise Anita, was born 
December 10, 1944. At this time, Mary would move 
to a house in Salmon when school started with the 
children and after the weather got too cold to 
operate the sawmill, the rest of the family would 
also move to Salmon until Spring. 

After awhile, chainsaws, a Caterpillar tractor, etc. 
made the logging and sawmill operations a little 
easier. Along with the hard work there was a lot of 
music, fishing, picnics and many visits from far-away 
family members to the Daniels sawmill on Panther 
Creek. Frank E. Daniels died in 1950, and Lulu 
passed away in 1959. 

Frank Jr. (Isaac Franklin) and his wife, Mary, along 
with various hired hands, continued to run the 
sawmill until 1960. At this time the sawmill was sold 
and they moved to Salmon to their home at 313 
Lombard, which they had built during the winter 
months while they still owned the sawmill. 

Frank worked at various jobs until he started with 
the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, where he 
was employed in 1961 until his retirement in 1974. 
Mary worked at several jobs in Salmon until she was 
employed as a Deputy in the Assessor's office in 
1968, until her retirement in 1979. 

Carol Jean married Grant Milton Havemann June 
14, 1959, in Salmon. They are the parents of two 
daughters; Camille Lea, born May 3, 1960 and 
Michelle Kay, born July 28, 1965. Carol and Grant 
own and manage Havemann Hardware in Salmon. 

Camille Lea married William George Slavin of 
Carmen, Idaho September 22, 1979. They are the 
parents of two daughters; Jennifer Jill, born July 23, 
1980, and Stephanie Jo, born November 20, 1983. 
They currently (1990) reside at Carmen. 

Michelle Kay married Robert Earl Wiederrick of 
Salmon, May 18, 1986. At this time they have no 
children, and are residing in Hailey, Idaho. 

Louise Anita married George Nelson Hogan, August 
28, 1966 in Pocatello. They have one son, Jeffrey 
Nelson Hogan, born December 9, 1967. Louise and 



George and their son, Jeffrey live in Boise, Idaho. 

Frank, with his carpentry, and Mary, with the 
magic of needle and thread, have hand-crafted many 
lasting treasures for their family and friends. At the 
time of this writing, Frank and Mary are still residing 
at their home in Salmon. 



— Carol Havemann 



John Daniels 



In September of 1893, John Daniels purchased a 
one hundred twenty acre claim on Carmen Creek 
from William Peilecke. He proved up on his 
homestead claim and received patent to it in March 
of 1903. 

John Daniels, his wife, Ann, their three sons, and 
two daughters originally came from England. It is not 
known where they spent their early life. 

Mr. Daniels was about 65 years old when he 
proved up on the claim on Carmen Creek. He 
located and worked mining claims on Carmen Creek, 
and also on the west side of the Salmon River in the 
Queen of the Hills Mine area. 

John's son, Albert, married Nellie Whittenburg in 
1905. She was originally from Iowa, and grew up on 
a ranch on Carmen Creek. Albert and Nellie lived on 
the ranch and raised four children: Edgar, Dorothy, 




Nellie Whittenburg & Albert E. Daniels on Wedding Day 1905 



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Stanley, and Gayle. Dorothy married Orville Worden 
in Missoula, Montana and they made their home 
there. Gayle married E.A. "Bus" Boam, and they 
lived for many years on a ranch in Horse Prairie. 
They had one daughter, Margaret Vanover, who now 
lives in Idaho Falls. 

Stanley married Edgarita Crews in 1933. They had 
three sons, Gordon, Larry, and Jon. Gordon married 
Evalyn Stricklan. They have one daughter, Susan 
who now lives in California. Larry married Nancy 
Criddle, and they have two sons. Rex and Chris, who 
live in this area. Jon passed away in 1989. 

Nellie and Edgar Daniels leased, and later owned, a 
ranch on Fourth of July Creek for several years 
before moving to Montana where they purchased 
another ranch. 

In 1944, Stanley and Edgarita bought the Carmen 
Creek ranch from Albert. Albert lived on at the ranch 
until his death in 1954. One of Albert's brothers, 
William Daniels, ranched on Haynes Creek for a 
number of years until his death in 1924. He died as 
the result of a shooting incident. 

Edgarita Daniels passed away in 1963, and Stanley 
continues to live on the ranch on Carmen Creek. 




Jesse and Seth Daniels 



■Gordon Daniels 



W. Seth and Jessie G. Daniels 

William Seth Daniels was born May 7,1886 in 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the oldest child to Henry 
and Annie Lukin Daniels. He had two sisters, Alma 
and Helen. When he was seven years old the family 
moved to Swarthmore, Pennsylvania where his 
father operated a book bindery business. His father 
passed away when he was sixteen years of age. 

Seth received his schooling at Swarthmore, 
entered college and graduated in 1907 with a Civil 
Engineering Degree. He later returned and obtained 
his Masters Degree. 

He followed his occupation in the area until 1910, 
when he came west to visit a cousin in Spokane, 
Washington while there a job offer came up with a 
survey crew surveying a location for a railroad from 
Salmon, Idaho to Riggans. He accepted the offer and 
that summer was spent living in boats on the Salmon 
River. The project was later abandoned. While 
working on the survey he met Jessie Gautier, 
daughter of Theodore and Virginia Reed Gautier. The 
young couple were married June 17, 1912 in 
Salmon, Idaho. Immediately following the marriage 
they moved to Paisley, Oregon where Seth had 
employment. He was to make the preliminary 
studies for an irrigation project to be built. The 
project was to furnish water for orchards that were 
to be planted. However, after two years the project 
was abandoned and the family returned to Salmon. 



During their time in Paisley, they were blessed 
with a daughter, Dorothy Mary born December 13, 
1913. 

Seth followed engineering in and around the 
Salmon area until 1917, when they purchased a 
three hundred twenty acre ranch south of town from 
Mr. Miller, presently Sunset Heights. Here they 
engaged in diversified farming. In the Spring of 1920, 
an Alladin home was constructed, and on September 
20, 1920 a son, Robert Henry joined the family. 
Dorothy, almost seven years old at the time, was 
thrilled to have a baby brother. 

Seth and Jessie enjoyed going to Grange meetings 
and attended Pamona and State Grange when 
possible. They were also members of the Masonic 
Lodge and Eastern Star. 

Dorothy graduated from high school in May of 
1933 and married Lanty Heffner November 16, 
1933. They had three children, Patsy, Danny, and 
Lana. 

In 1945 Seth leased the ranch for the summer and 
purchased eighty acres on South St. Charles Street 
from Will Vreeland and moved to this property. 

On November 1, 1945 their son Bob returned 
from overseas duty with the Army and took care of 
the old ranch that winter. On June 17, 1946 his 
parents thirty-fourth wedding anniversary. Bob 
married Eletha Sharon Coates. The newlyweds 
moved to the old ranch and farmed in partnership 
with Seth and Jessie. In 1948 Bob and Eletha 
purchased the ranch and their four children Robert, 
Bill, Rick, and Deva were all born while living on the 
ranch. 



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In 1956 Seth and Jessie sold their ranch on St. 
Charles Street and moved to town where they 
purchased a home on Terrace Street. 

Seth passed away November 25, 1964 at age 78. 
Jessie continued to live in their home until she 
passed away on December 2, 1985, just a week after 
her nintey-seventh birthday. 

' — E let ha Daniels 

Amasa Alonzo and 

Henrietta Ellingford Davidson 

My father, Amasa Alonzo, was the son of Amasa 
and Annie Elizabeth Hansen Davidson. He was born 
in Fairview, Utah, September 6, 1890. He was their 
oldest son and had six brothers and three sisters. He 
received his schooling in Utah. He attended the 
Agricultural College in Logan and received his 
teaching certificate. 

On the third of May 1909 the family moved to 
Fort Bridger, Wyoming, coming by train through 
Carter, Wyoming. They brought all their household 
goods as well as machinery and animals. 

As Dad was coming home from college at 
Christmas time he happened to notice my mother at 
the Ogden Depot. He was quite impressed with her. 

Later when he was visiting at home, some of his 
relative told him that he must meet the new school 
marm who was teaching at Melbourne that year. 
When he was introduced to her he couldn't even 
hear the introductions because he was so excited, 
here was that girl whom he had met in Ogden. 

Dad and mother became engaged in November 
1911, and dad got a job teaching in Ham's Fork in 
the middle of the school year. He was paid $55.00 
per month. They were married in Malad, Idaho on 
June 4, 1912. Mom had twelve brothers and sisters. 

As a child she often read to her mother for hours 
as grandma had had no schooling. As she loved 
books so well, she also decide to become a school 
teacher, and was trained at the Brigham Young 
Academy. It was during her year at Melbourne that 
she met dad. 

They had four sons: Arlin, Arthur, Howard and 
Raymond. They had five daughters: Edna, Jessie, 
Annie, lona and Hazel. 

Dad and mom moved frequently during their 
married life, as dad followed the teaching profession 
and generally only stayed at the same school for two 
years. Mother often used to say that she wished she 
could plant some flowers and stay long enough to 
see them bloom. 

Later dad studied arid became an electrician. They 
moved to Salmon, Idaho with their family in July 
1937. They only stayed here a few short years and 
left here in 1942. Dad figured he could find more 




Amasa A. Davidson and Henrietta E. Davidson 

and better work back in Utah as it was war time and 
Geneva Steel was needing help. 

They were both active members of the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter-DaySaints. Mom was especially 
interested in genealogy and was working on it when 
she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died a few 
hours later on January 17, 1949. 

Dad lived until June 7, 1975. They were both 
buried in Sandy, Utah. Although their residence in 
Salmon was short, they always loved this country. 
Mom wasn't able to return to Salmon very often 
because of the war but dad made frequent trips here 
following the loss of my mother. 

— Edna Chipman 
Francis and Lydia Tissington Dawson 

Francis Etherton Dawson and Lydia Tissington 
were married in 1903 in Oklahoma. Sometime 
between 1905-1908, they loaded their two children, 
Ruby, who was born July 24, 1904, and John 
Edward, who was born December 13, 1905, and his 
mother Jane Dawson, into a covered wagon with all 
their belongings and came to Salmon, Idaho. They 
bought a place on the old back road near Baker. 
Later they traded in for a place on Withington Creek 
which was nearby. He later bought a place at 
Leadore, Idaho (now the Darrell Nef ranch). For 
awhile Francis milked quite a large herd of cows. 

Besides the two children who were born in 
Oklahoma, seven more children were born into the 
family. Katherine Dawson born May 30, 1908, 
Samuel Victor Dawson born February 19, 1910, 
Joseph Daniel Dawson born March 31, 1912, Albert 
Lee Dawson born May 8, 1914, Dexter Jewell 
Dawson born December 25, 1916, Joyce Delight 
Dawson born March 22, 1919 and William Francis 
Dawson born August 15, 1924. All seven of these 
children were born in the Baker area. 



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In September 1931, the family was quarantined 
with Typhoid fever. Samuel and Joseph became very 
ill and died. Dexter was also very ill but survived. 

The Dawson family are remembered by neighbors 
as being good honest neighbors who were always 
ready to help when you needed them. Eunice 
Hartvigson, related how Francis came and sat all 
night with their "Uncle Pete" the night he died. 
People remembered them as a fun loving group who 
enjoyed life. 

After daughter, Dexter married Floyd Nilsson in 
1934, Floyd helped with the ranch work in Leadore. 
Francis and Lydia moved back to Baker and spent 
the winters in Salmon. 

Lydia died while visiting her daughter Joyce in 
Pocatello, Idaho. She was brought to Salmon for 
burial. Francis also died while living with his daughter 
Joyce, on December 31, 1954. He too was buried in 
Salmon, Idaho. 

— Audrey Jensen 




FRONT: Out of photo Joseph, William, Dexter, and Joyce Dawson. 
BACK: Lydia, John, Kate, Sam, Ruby, and Albert Dawson. 



Jane Etherton Dawson 



Jane was born in either Illinois or Missouri. She 
had a son named Francis Etherton Dawson. Later in 
life she married James Hibbs. Her son, Francis was 
born June 12, 1876, in Lebanan, Missouri. 

Sometime after 1905, Francis and his wife, Lydia 
Leona Tissington, came to Salmon, Idaho with all 
their belongings in a covered wagon. Jane came with 




Jane Etherton Dawson and son Francis Etherton Dawson. 

them. For reasons, unknown, Mr. Hibbs did not 
come. 

Francis was an only child and always took care of 
his mother. In her later years she went blind, but 
some of the family arranged to stay with her so she 
wouldn't be left alone. 

A great grand-daughter, Jacqueline Nilsson 
Matson, remembers her as a remarkable storyteller, 
one of the best she ever knew. 



— Audrey Jensen 



Hazel Dean 



The year was 1887, the middle of August, the 
sixteenth to be exact, when Mabel Ann was born to 
Daniel D. and Annie Wade at Fort Lemhi, Idaho. This 
was at the old Kirkham Ranch on the Lemhi River 
where Dan had homesteaded when he first arrived in 
the Lemhi Valley. 

For reasons unknown the family journeyed to 
Ogden, Utah and the children received their 
schooling there. 

Meanwhile in Pleasant View, Utah Daniel E. Barnett 
first saw the light of day on September 4, 1878, a 
son of Lorenzo and Mary Ellen Barnett. By 1884 the 
family migrated to Lemhi County in Idaho territory 



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and homesteaded a ranch on the Lemhi River. After 
several years they returned to Utah, namely Ogden. 

And it was at Ogden on September 6, 1906 that 
Daniel E. Barnett married Mabel Ann Wade, and they 
journeyed back to the Lemhi Valley where they set 
up housekeeping on Hayden Creek. In 1918 they 
moved to the small town of Tendoy, Idaho and there 
remained until 1948. 

They gave up ranching on retirement, and moved 
into Salmon where Mabel died in 1959. Dan followed 
in 1962. Their living children were sons: Earl, Carrol, 
Alma and Charles, a son Edward died in infancy; and 
one daughter Hazel. 

Hazel B. Barnett, born August 10, 1910 at Baker, 
Idaho, enjoyed her childhood on the Lemhi River. As 
an only girl her trill was in competing with her 
brothers in such things as pole races. She was a 
regular tomboy who loved anything to do with the 
great out-of-doors. She learned to camp, hunt, and 
fish, besides many other things such as dancing, 
reading, and knitting. But Hazel didn't always play. 
There were always chores to do, plus in the 
summers, during her teen years, she undertook the 
task of ranch cook. And years later, during World 
War II, she worked at the Bremerton Naval Yard in 
Bremerton, Washington, as exit interviewer, a job 
which entailed the paperwork on the people whose 
jobs were being terminated. 

On her return to Lemhi County Hazel tried her 
hand at something entirely different. She trained as 
a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked for several 
years at the Steele Memorial Hospital before 
becoming office nurse for Dr. W. Blackadar, a 
position she held over eleven years. After her 
retirement she still worked part-time at the 
Casabello Estate. 

Hazel married Ernest A. Woodman in 1931 and to 
this union two children were born. Margery Ann was 
born in Priest River, Idaho in 1931 and brother 
William Eugene came along in 1934 at Tendoy, 
Idaho. Later Hazel married John F. Gaver at 
Bremerton, Washington in 1944. After his death, and 
in 1973 she married Ralph W. Dean at Salmon, 
Idaho. 

At the present time Hazel resides in the Bella Vista 
Apartments in Salmon, Idaho and faithfully visits her 
husband Ralph who suffered a stroke and is at the 
Salmon Valley Care Center. Her very good friend and 
supporter is her granddaughter Lt. Col. Launa 
Nardella who visits every chance she gets from her 
position in the Veterans Administration Hospital in 
Boise. Recently Launa returned from Germany 
where she had been stationed during Operation 
Desert Storm. Launa is the daughter of Margery 
Tindell who resides in Alaska, and Tony Nardella of 
Salmon. Margery has a son also. William is deceased 
but leaves two children and one adopted one. 

— Julia Randolph 



Ralph William Dean 

Ralph William Dean was born about four miles 
south of Gibbonsville, Idaho on December 3, 1902 to 
Frank and Amellia (Mellie) Clinton Dean. He was 
greeted by his older sister Frances. The year was 
1904 when the Dean's moved into the mining town 
of Gibbonsville. At this time the "gold boom" was 
still on and Ralph saw many changes and did many 
things. He recalled the huge flume, four foot square 
with planks on either side for the teams and wagons 
to cross over (this was 1906-'07), that was in the 
upper part of the town; he and Frances watched big- 
eyed, as the sparks flew over the whole town when 
the AD&M Mill burned in 1907; he knew where the 
little building that housed the old printing press was, 
and above that spot was where the first arrastra was 
built; he knew where the ice houses and the brewery 
ponds had been; and where Morgan Jones, an early 
day pioneer and one of the first cabin builders in the 
area, built his first cabin. He watched the route over 
to Wisdom, Montana up Dahlonega Creek grow from 
canyon and ridges, to a road with two or three 
turnouts, to present day good forest service road. 
And he watched World War I and World War II come 
and go and although he couldn't go himself he was 
always very supportive of his country. His brother 
Elmer served in the Army. 

Ralph was a man of the soil. He liked and 
appreciated a good trim garden and gloried in the 
feel of the sod. He became a man of all trades and a 
hard worker so that he could keep a home, raise his 
family and work his garden! Therefore over the years 
he became proficient in mining, carpentry, and held 
positions for the forest service and the Atomic 
Energy Commission site at Arco, Idaho. And in 
between he lived to hunt and fish, and was a master 
at both. 

Ralph married Georgene Terry. Born to them 
were: Dixie, Beverly, Bernice, Dexter, and a baby 
boy. Sorrow hit them when they lost the new born 
baby boy, then little Beverly died by a "dread 
disease" when she was about two, and teen age 
daughter Dexter died in a bus accident. Then Ralph 
lost his wife. 

Ralph then married Erma Robertson who helped 
finish rearing Bernice (Bunny). Then Erma died. 

Ralph then married Hazel Gaver who has been his 
friend and fishing partner until his health put a stop 
to traveling. 

In Ralph's younger married years he purchased 
the old two-story Bennett Saloon at Gibbonsville and 
moved in a frame house to adjoin it. He and 
Georgene ran a store in the old building along with 
the post office and lived in the frame house. 
Sometimes the old building would almost rock with 
the dancing and music which came from the old 
dance hall upstairs. 



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Ralph Dean's last hunt. 

Ralph sold his place at Gibbonsville and moved to 
the new home he built at North Fork, Idaho. There 
he retired, raised his garden, tended his orchard 
trees and a handful of sheep. He still made time for 
fishing and hunting and the last time he hunted he 
went up on Anderson Mountain with Earl Keating. 
This was when he was in his 80's and he again filled 
his heart and liver sack! The next year Ralph 
suffered a stroke. He now resides in the Salmon 
Valley Care Center. His wife Hazel lives in Salmon 
and faithfully visits him. 

This poem is a tribute to Ralph Dean. 

THE HUNTER 
The old man slowly tied his boots, 
His shirt was near ticked in. 
His trusty rifle lay nearby, 
(The young men wore a grin). 

Their hunting clothes were new and trim. 

Their rifles were unmarred 

They shone of Hoppe's #9 

(The old man's gun was scarred). 

He took his time and chose with care, 
From the meager hoard at hand. 
Five shells and one old knife, 
(The young men's hoard was grand). 

They had knives with different grips. 
They had grunts, and bugles too. 
Scents with scents, and had No-scent, 
(The old man's needs were few). 



The long day passed, the hour grew late, 
The sun had ceased its sphere. 
The young men came, footsore, begrimed, 
(The old man did not appear). 

The hour was late, dark covered the land. 
When the door burst open, and then . . . 
Sturdy and strong, heart and liver in hand 
(The old man had scored again!). 

Penned by Julia Randolph October 19, 1989, a 
lifelong friend. 

— Julia Randolph 



DeCora or DeCoria 

The Charles Vinton DeCora family came west from 
Steamboat Springs, Colorado by wagon train in the 
1900's. They went to Murray, Utah for awhile but 
did not like it there so came to Soda Springs, Idaho, 
and on to Salmon. They lived where Ed Tolman now 
lives and the children Anna and Ben rode horses to 
Salmon to attend school. 

Later they moved to Lemhi, Idaho on the Gittleson 
place but was known as the Crnkovich place years 
ago. Their father passed away in Butte Montana with 
pneumonia in October 1923. 

Ben drove the mail stage from Salmon to 
Leesburg one winter and stayed with Jasper and 
Cecile Lyons and family then. 

Anna married Arthur Barnett of Tendoy, Idaho and 
they had four children, Herbert (deceased), Mary 
Byrnes of Driggs. Idaho, Berna Mae Wadsworth of 
Portland, Oregon, Ethlyn Potter of Idanha, Oregon. 
They later divorced and Anna married D.R. Stevens. 
They had one daughter Donna Rae who lives in 
Afton, Wyoming. 

Ben attended school at Lemhi, Idaho for awhile 
and worked on several ranches in the area including 
those of Maurice Wolfe of Lemhi, Henry Anderson, 
Charles Carlson, and Steve Mahaffey of Tendoy. He 
worked mostly with sheep. He herded sheep over 
towards Leesburg for several summers. 

On November 26, 1930 Ben was married to Annie 
Marshall at her parents home on Bohannon Creek. 
They moved to Tendoy on April 1931, on the William 
Collins place later owned by Ray Pierce. They had 
three sons, C. Everett born December 9, 1931 and 
the twins Clarence John and Claude Eugene were 
born on April 1, 1933. They attended school at 
Tendoy through the eighth grade then went to 
Leadore to high school where they graduated. 

Everett helped his father on the ranch while 
Clarence and Claude were in the Army for two years. 
Everett married Shirley Perschke of La Porte, 
Indiana on November 20, 1957 in Salmon. 



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Ben and Annie DeCora at their fiftieth wedding anniversary, with 
sons Everett, Claude, and Clarence DeCora. 



Clarence married Fern Stroud of Leadore in 
Salmon on January 30, 1958. Claude married JoAnn 
Raymond of Leadore at her parent's home on July 
17, 1959. 

Everett and Shirley have one son Calvin Lee living 
in Salmon. Clarence and Fern have two daughters. 
Debbie Clover now living in Kuna, Idaho, and Tresa 
Page living in Salmon. Claude and JoAnn have two 
children Vickie Moulds living in Fisher, Minnesota, 
and Bart living in Grover, Wyoming. 

Ben and Annie sold the ranch at Tendoy 
September 1976 and bought the George Hammon 
place in Mountain View Acres in which they still live. 
Ben has been in ill health for the past four years. He 
loved his animals sheep, cows, horses, and the 
outdoors. 

Ben and Annie have five grandchildren and eleven 
great grandchildren. They celebrated their fiftieth 
wedding anniversary, put on by their children and 
families, on November 26, 1980 at the Legion Hall in 
Salmon. 



— DeCora Family 



Everett DeCora 



C. Everett DeCora was born December 9, 1931 on 
Bohannon Creek near Salmon, Idaho. He was the 
first of three children of Charles Benjamin and Annie 
Marshall DeCora. Twin brothers Claude Eugene and 
Clarence John were born April 1, 1933 on Bohannon 
Creek. 

Everett spent his youth in the Tendoy area, 
attending Tendoy school for eight years and 
graduated from Leadore High School in 1950. 

After graduation he worked at various ranches and 
in 1953 leased a ranch in the Hayden Creek Basin. 



In 1957 Everett and his father purchased the 
Clarence Pyeatt ranch at Tendoy. On November 20, 
1957 Everett married Shirley Ann Perschke from 
LaPorte, Indiana. Shirley's parents were Wallace and 
Marjorie Dettman Perschke. A brother Thomas Lee 
Perschke and sisters Shelby Jean Fultz and Sharon 
June Hootman. 

After marriage Everett and Shirley lived on the 
Pyeatt ranch. A son, Calvin Lee was born October 8, 
1958. 

Everett served on many boards, Lemhi County 
Farmers Home Administration, Soil Conservation 
District, Salmon River Grange Credit Union, Lemhi 
County Wool Pool, Idaho Wool Growers Pacific North 
West Marketing, Back Country Horsemen of 
America, Lemhi County Fair Board, serving as 
chairman for six years. 

In 1968 Everett and Shirley became 4-H Leaders 
in the Tendoy area for twelve years. Everett sheared 
4-H lambs for many years and also sheared many of 
the sheep and graded and shipped lambs in Lemhi 
County. 

From 1973-1977 Everett was advisor for Leadore 
High School Rodeo Club. Everett served as Exalted 
Ruler of Salmon Elks Lodge in 1988-1989. In 1965 
Shirley worked at the Tendoy Store and in 1968 
became Postmaster Relief at the Tendoy Post Office. 
She transferred to the Salmon Post Office July 1983 
and became a mail carrier. 

In 1966 Everett and Shirley purchased his parents 
share of the ranch. They sold the ranch in 1979 and 
moved to a smaller ranch close to Salmon. Everett 
and Shirley enjoyed horseback riding and attended 
the Chief Joseph Trail Ride for several years. They 
were also members of the Salmon River Back 
Country Horsemen, Everett being president for 
several years. 




FRONT ROW: Everett and Shirley BACK ROW: Ben, Annie, Claude, 
and Clarence DeCora 



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Calvin has a daughter Sammie Lee DeCora born 
May 28, 1980. Calvin married Andrea Skinner 
Summers, July 17, 1990 at the Skinner ranch at 
Baker, Idaho. A son, Wacy Joe was born February 
15, 1991, joining sisters Brittney and Mikenna 
Summers. 

Everett died November 21, 1989 at Steele 
Memorial Hospital in Salmon, Idaho. 

— Shirley A. DeCora 




Everett DeCora 
Joel McNee Photo 

Demick Family 

In 1903 Steve Demick left his homeland, Glina, 
Yugoslavia to seek the riches of America. At first he 
was discouraged because the only work he could 
find was in the coal mines. 

He returned to Yugoslavia in 1908 and married his 
wife, Jenny Ostovich. In 1910 he returned to 
America, leaving his wife and two sons. He settled in 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he was employed in 
the steel mills until he could get a job on the 
railroad, which brought him to Salmon. 

He worked on the Mullan dredge line cutting cord 
wood. In 1911 he was joined by his brother Vasil. 
Together they bought a small ranch six miles up the 
Lemhi. They tried to raise potatoes, but because of 



the poor soil it was difficult to tell the spud from the 
mud. 

In 1924 they bought the Fred Viel ranch two miles 
south of Salmon, where they continued to raise 
potatoes. They raised Burbank potatoes for several 
years until a potato disease wiped out their crop. 
They switched to Russets. Their trademark "Demick 
Bros. No 1 Potatoes" was not only well known in 
Lemhi County but in the large potato markets in the 
east. 

In 1924 Jenny and their son, Nick came to 
America. Vasil retired in 1943, sold his share of the 
partnership to Steve and moved to town. Nick then 
joined his father in the partnership. 

Two sons, Eli and Robert also helped on the ranch 
until a farming accident left Eli paralyzed and an 
airplane crash claimed Robert. In the meantime, 
Nick returned to Yugoslavia and married Dragica 
(Caroline) Podunovic in 1937. She joined Nick in 
Salmon in 1938. 

They had four children, Duke, Richard, Louie, and 
JoAnn. 

Louie joined his father as partner after the death 
of Steve. During this time the ranch was nominated 
"Number One Productive Ranch" in the valley for its 
abundant hay and grain crops. In 1978 they sold the 
ranch. 

Nick enjoyed retirement until his death. Louie was 
elected Lemhi county commissioner a position he 
held for twelve years. Duke Demick married Karen 
Richardson and they have two children, Marleen and 
Michael Demick. He is a veterinarian. Richard is a 
school teacher in Kent, Washington. 

Louie married Marlene Bailey and had two children 
Steven and Kenneth and two stepchildren, Russell 
and Tammy. 

JoAnn lives in Salmon and owns and operates a 
beauty shop. 

Louie and Marlene's son, Steve, at the age of 
fourteen began a greenhouse and a nursery 
business, SD's Greenthumb Nursery, continuing the 
finer points of a family tradition. 



— Demick family 



Vasil Demick 



Our father, Vasil, was born in Glina, Yugoslavia, 
February 14, 1885. Dad and his brother, Steve, 
heard of the wonders of "Amerika" through letters 
from other immigrants, or those who had returned 
to their native country. They all shared the belief 
that life in America would be better, so in 1903, dad 
and his brother Steve, arrived and settled in 
Clairton, Pennsylvania. Fortunately, both found work 
in the steel mills. 

It was there he met my mother, Anna Kromer. 
She was born in Ogulin, Yugoslavia, April 30, 1893. 



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She and her father and brother, Joe, also arrived in 
Clairton, Pennsylvania in 1910. In 1911, Dad and 
mother decided to go out west to Salmon, Idaho. 
They had received word that the scenery was similar 
to Yugoslavia, particularly the mountains. They were 
not disappointed. 

Dad and uncle Steve held numerous jobs. They 
worked cutting cord wood for the Moose Creek 
dredging outfit and in mining operations at Gilmore, 
Idaho. They also worked for the city water works, at 
what capacity is unknown. 

In 1913, Dad and Uncle Steve purchased a 
seventy-five acre farm east of Salmon on highway 
28. They began to raise potatoes, cattle, hay and 
grain. In 1924, they sold the "little ranch", as they 
called it, and bought the two hundred thirty acre 
ranch two and a half miles south on highway 93 
from Fred Viel. They continued to raise hay, grain, 
cattle, and potatoes. In due time the potatoes 
became their trademark "Demick, Bros., No. 1 
Russets." Not only were they known in Lemhi 
County, but also in large potato markets back East. 

In 1943, Dad sold his half interest to Uncle Steve 
and moved to town to retire, or so he thought. The 
property he bought consisted of two city blocks. The 
property was subdivided into a residential housing 
complex. This subdivision is known as the "Demick 
Addition." Also, a street in that area was named in 
his honor. Dad passed away in June 1968 and 
mother in July 1976. 

They raised four sons and nine daughters. Two of 
the boys, George and Steve, served in the Army 
during World War II in the South Pacific. They earned 
many campaign medals. They both lived in 
California. George passed away in October of 1980. 

Rose married Jack Becker, also a native of 
Salmon. They operated the Owl Club, one of the 
oldest bars in Salmon. They also had an outfitting 
guide business operating out of the Indian Creek 
Guest Ranch. They have one son, Jerry. Rose 
passed away March 16, 1986. 

Sophie married Oriel Weaver and lived in 
Anacortes, Washington. They owned and operated 
restaurants and cocktail lounges. She has since 
moved to Salmon to make her home following the 
death of her husband in 1988. 

Mary married Ray Gomez, a native of California. 
They run a moderate sized cattle operation in 
California. They have one son, Russell. 

Helen married Gilmore Denny, a native of Salmon, 
where they still reside. They own, and operate an 
apartment and mobile home park complex. Gilmore 
retired from the barber profession and Helen retired 
from the forest service. 

Eva married Edward Anderson, a native of Coeur 
d' Alene, Idaho. They owned a jewelry store and 
lived in Spokane, Washington. They have two girls, 
Kristine and Shelley. Eva continued living in Spokane 



following the death of her husband in 1976. She has 
since retired from the position of clerk in the 
Department of Vital Statistics. 

Joe married Ardelle Bennett, a Salmonite, and 
they live in Salmon. Joe was employed as heavy 
equipment operator at Calera Mining Company, at 
Cobalt, Idaho before its closure. He continued to 
work in the same capacity for Kelly Logging until he 
retired. They have one child, Julie. 

Anne married Sam Thoen, a native of Iowa. They 
live in Spokane, Washington, and before their 
retirement owned a T-V publishing company. Anne 
also taught one year of school at Gilmore, Idaho. 
She had seven students, all boys and each one in a 
different grade category. 

Elizabeth married Don Pendleton. They moved to 
several states before settling in Richfield, Utah, 
where Don has recently retired from the Bureau of 
Land Management, as District Manager. Elizabeth 
was employed a short time for the Forest Service in 
the business management section in Salmon. They 
have two children, Michael and Peggy. 

William served as a Corporal in the Korean conflict 
and was stationed in Germany. He and his wife. 
Colleen Hinchey, a native of Salmon, and their two 




Vasil and Anna Demick 



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sons, Mark and Robert live in Yakima, Washington. 
All four have pursued teaching careers. 

Donna married Herb Godfrey, a native of Tendoy, 
Idaho and they live in Salmon. She is an employee of 
the city as Deputy Clerk and Herb works for the U.S. 
Forest Service. They have three children. Brent, 
Gary, and Brenda. 

Barbara married Brad Thurman, a native of 
Gibbonsville, Idaho. Before moving to Canon City, 
Colorado, both were employed by the Calera Mining 
Company at Cobalt, Idaho. After its closure, they 
continued to follow mining careers at Gas Hills, 
Wyoming, and then Canon City, as Production 
Superintendent at the Uranium Mining Corporation. 
They had three children, Kelly, Kurt and Kent. Kurt 
passed away November 1985. 

— Helen Denny 
— Sophie Weaver 



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A 1924 fishing trip near Tendoy, Idaho. The girls in the photo are 
Frances Dempsey and Ina Barber. Floyd R. Barber, 
Superintendent of Schools 1923-24, took the snapshot. 



Dempsy 

Peter Joseph Dempsy first saw the Lemhi Valley in 
1904 when he was assigned to finding a route for 
Union Pacific's railroad. He was so enthusiastic 
about the area's possibilities for quality living that he 
resigned his job and put his roots down in the 
Salmon City town. He set up the Lemhi Title & 
Abstract company; became a realtor; and held the 
agency for Hartford Fire Insurance Company of 
Hartford, Connecticut. 

In 1906, his wife Martha May Boyd Dempsey, and 
two-year old son, Paul, moved from Boise, Idaho, 
arriving by stagecoach out of Red Rock, Montana. 
Paul remembered that he sat on his mother's lap 
during the stagecoach ride. 

The Dempseys lived in a small frame house on 
Main street that served as home and office, this 
building now houses Dee Keirnes' barbershop. 

In 1909, the Dempseys built a house on the bar. It 
was a shingled building set on a river-rock 
foundation. This house at 400 Fulton street is now 




The Dempsey house built in 1909, photo taken in 1923. The 
house has belonged to the Four-Square Church since 1985. 



the parsonage for the Four-Square Church next 
door. Mr. Dempsey selected the home site for its 
excellent view of the mountains. He was an ardent 
fisherman and hunter and loved the outdoors. 
Frances Louise Dempsey was born in 1909 and the 
family moved into the new house on the bar in 
December of 1909. 

Peter Joseph Dempsey died in 1923. Mrs. 
Dempsey remarried in 1937 to William S. Eakle. Mr. 
Eakle passed away in 1959. Mrs. Eakle is buried in 
the Salmon cemetery, where her mother Florence 
Talbot Boyd, is buried, Paul F. Dempsey is buried in 
the Salmon cemetery. Mr. Eakle is buried in the 
Salmon cemetery. Paul's grandson, Peter Dempsey 
Noffsinger, is buried in the Salmon cemetery. 

Paul F. Dempsey married Mildred Shively in 1930. 
Frances Louise Dempsey married Herschell S. Lamb 
in 1935. Paul and Mildred returned to Salmon in 
1964 and both taught in the Salmon school. Paul 
retired in 1967 and Mildred retired in 1970. Paul 
died in 1973. Frances Dempsey Lamb lives in 
Wendell, Idaho. Her husband died in 1985. The two 
daughters of Paul and Mildred Dempsey reside in 
Boise, Idaho and Oxford, Ohio. The son and 
daughter of Herschell and Frances Lamb reside in 
Panama Canal Zone and Jerome, Idaho. In Peter 
Joseph Dempsey's work, he traveled over Lemhi 
County, and took time out to hunt, fish, and collect 
gem and mineral specimens. He was a frequent 
houseguest of the Dean family near Northfork, and 
the Achords whose ranch was at the base of the 
grade to Lost Trail Pass. When the Achords needed 
to go to Salmon by team, they were houseguest of 
the Dempseys. 

One of the Dempsey traditions was to invite O.E. 
Kirkpatrick and Charlie Schultz to Christmas dinner. 
Mr. Kirkpatrick always brought a gold nugget for 



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each of the Dempsey children. 

When Mrs. P.J. Dempsey was Worthy Matron of 
Hugh Duncan Chapter #2, O.E. Kirkpatrick was the 
Worthy Patron. He resided in Leesburg and would 
travel to Salmon in the winter months on snowshoe. 
He missed one meeting, this was in 1916. 

Paul F. Dempsey wanted to spend his retirement 
years in the part of Idaho he loved and that is why 
he returned to Salmon in 1964, Due to his failing 
health, his fishing and hunting hobbies were laid 
aside, but he was always grateful that he could live 
out his life in his beloved Salmon country and in the 
house his father built. 

— Mildred Dempsey 

Joseph Gaylord and Lois Edwards Denny 

"The sounds of the world are left outside 

As strife and trouble are gone. 

The peace of the valley is left unmarred 

As outside the fight goes on." 

from Our Valley 
by Joseph G. Denny 

Joe Denny, born December 12, 1910 in Camas 
Meadows, Idaho, was "a man to match the 
mountains". He was handsome, lean, gentle and 
thoughtful, silent for the most part . . . when he did 
speak there was no doubt as to his meaning, with a 
dry wit. 

His schooling, ending in high school, was far from 
stellar. He was a keen observer of the ways of 
nature and the skills of man. He was an instinctive 
environmentalist, believing the intrusion of man 
should enhance Nature first and man second. 

Joe was never bored or boring and was never 
without a well-mannered, hardworking dog at his 
heel. He could spin a yarn, play harmonica, cut and 
polish rocks, make intricately designed jewelry, 
sketch, write poetry, carve scenes in slabs of wood, 
carve Forest Service signs and make the wooded 
Smokey the Bear sign that stood sign that stood on 
Salmon's Main street with a hand pointing to the 
level of fire danger, ranch, build trail and bridges in 
the back country, design and make pack-boxes for 
mules, invent markers for forest helipads, teach an 
urban college kid how to man a look-out . . . and 
survive, drop a game animal (always prime meat) 
with a head or neck shot and teach a fouryear old to 
fish. In teaching a youngster to fish, Joe showed 
ONCE how to rig the pole, bait the hook, land the 
fish and to clean it. Following each step, Joe retired 
to nearby shade and napped . . . but with one eye 
open. 

For several years he worked on the Brenner 
Ranch in Horse Prairie. He spent two summers and 
a winter in the Middle Fork with his saddle horse, a 
pack horse, his ever-present dog and a string of 



traps. After four years mining in Ruby Valley, 
Montana, he married Lois Edwards, granddaughter 
of Leesburg pioneer E.S. Edwards, who was teaching 
in Sula. In 1942 they took over operation of one of 
her father's ranches on the Salmon River. They later 
purchased and ran the Schultz ranch up the Salmon 
River. In 1951, Joe joined the Salmon Forest, 
retiring in 1971. For eleven years he was alternate 
ranger at the Indianola Ranger Station and for nine 
years was the fire dispatcher for the Salmon District. 
During his tenure as dispatcher, there were several 
large fires, among them Corn Creek, Sage Creek, 
Brushy Gulch and Shell Creek. Frequently, with John 
Lippott piloting the time plane, Joe was "bird 
dogging" (directing, by radio, where the bentonite 
bombers should make their drops or where the 
ground crews should move). He was referred to as 
the "Red Baron". While Joe was flying, Biff, his black 
lab, was in charge of the Forest office. 

Lois Edwards was born in Salmon, April 17, 1906, 
youngest of Eddie Junior and Maude's children. 
Schooled in Salmon and Missoula, she graduated 
from Montana Normal in 1927. She taught in one- 
room schools in Lake and Powell Counties, Montana. 
She later wrote, "the isolation, the beauty of the 
mountains and the challenge of teaching children of 
Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish backgrounds, whose 
parents understood little or no English, were a 
wonderful experience." She did not teach for six 
years when in 1942 she took over the Baker School. 
In 1945 she joined the Salmon District, retiring in 
1972. She received a Bachelor's Degree from the 
University of Montana. 

Although they had no children, they had concern 
for children-in-need. Joe died February 28, 1972 and 
Lois died December 31, 1990. Their estate was given 
to the Salmon School District Foundation with the 
stipulation it is to be used for medical purposes for 
those youngsters who can not be aided by parents 
or agencies. Lois often recalled that, during her 
second year of teaching, there was a first grader 




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who had outgrown his glass eye. The eye fell into 
the firebox of the cook stove. There was no money 
to be had anywhere and she never knew how long it 
was before the eye was replaced. In a small way, 
with their estate, "the peace of the valley is left 
unmarred." 

— Jo Whitcomb 





C.C. Dickerson served as Principal for several years before, his 
one year as Superintendent in 1943. 



Charles C. Dickerson Family 

Charles C. and Lydia Dickerson came to Salmon, 
where he would teach, in the mid 1930's. They were 
a warm and friendly family, very much interested in 
people. 

Mr. Dickerson had been a chemist in Gary, 
Indiana, which made his chemistry classes especially 
applicable, practical and interesting. He was 
genuinely interested in each of his students, so 
much so that disciplining them was a little hard for 
him. The students respected and liked him, which 
minimized that problem. 

Charles played the piano by ear extremely well, so 
social gatherings were warmly enjoyed as he played 
for songfests. Lydia had a very nice voice, but was 
somewhat shy and needed some encouragement to 
solo. She enjoyed painting, especially outdoor 



scenes. They were active members of the 
Presbyterian Church. Their friends were numerous, 
and they were active in several groups. 

Charles was especially interested in history, 
perhaps because he was a descendant of Governor 
William Bradford of Plymouth Colony in 
Massachusetts. 

The Dickerson's adopted a daughter, Alice, who 
was the light of their lives - a sweet, pretty little 
blonde girl. When she was five, she went to play at a 
neighbor's one day. Dark clouds on the mountains 
indicated the first storm of the summer was 
brewing. She phoned her mother to see if she 
should come home. Lydia told her yes, because it 
might rain before long. As Alice ran across the 
neighbor's lawn, the first lightning bolt of the year 
struck a tree under which she ran, and Alice fell. Dr. 
Mulder was called and literally ran to his car. An 
ashen doctor returned to his office to say she had 
died instantly, he was sure, and not a mark was on 
her, but her shoelaces were burned from her shoes. 
Naturally her parents were devastated, and the town 
grieved with them. Not long after that, they moved 
away. 

Not many years later, Charles Dickerson 
developed cancer and underwent much expensive 
treatment. Some of his former students contacted 
every former student they could contact, suggesting 
financial help for them. The committee reported the 
response was overwhelming. 

This writer, on a trip from California to Boise, 
where the Dickersons by then lived, visited them 
shortly before he died. He was very evidently in pain 
and nearing his death, yet he was eager to talk 
about his Salmon students. The ones he talked 
about were those active, somewhat full of pranks, 
ones some teachers would have felt were difficult to 
handle. Not one word of criticism did he utter; 
rather, for each he discussed their positive 
attributes, and the potential he had seen in each 




1937 Freshman class — Salmon Brooklyn High, Mr. Dickerson in 
the third row in middle. 



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student. The true interest and real caring for others 
which had always been the essence of Charles 
Dickerson was there to the last. 

He died soon afterwards. Lydia moved closer to 
her family. Others in Salmon probably heard from 
her, but I lived away and lost track of this lovely 
lady. 

—Willa Smith Chaffee 



Dillingham-Niemann 

My father, Milton Andrew Dillingham, was born in 
Gibson City, Illinois. There he met my mother, 
Gladys Nell Ferguson. They were married in Salt 
Lake City in 1912. 

Mother was born in North Dakota January 16, 
1894. In 1896 Grandmother Ferguson died and 
grandfather, with his four children, moved to 
Mackay. Mother while still small, was taken to 
Salmon to live with her Grandmother Bullock. 
Mother attended school in Salmon and then moved 
back to Mackay. 

After mother and dad married, they moved to 
Leadore, where dad had The Leadore Standard. 
While there, my brother Harry Dale, was born on 
April 13, 1914. Later that year, I assume The 
Standard folded, and they went to Arco where dad 
worked at The Arco Advertiser for a short time 
before going to Challis in the summer of 1915, 
where he bought The Challis Messenger. I, Bonnie 
Jean, was born there on May 26, 1918. Mother and 
Dad divorced in 1920. 

Dad later married Mary Letitia Woodson, school 
teacher in Challis. Mother Mary was an aunt of 
Walter Jensen, and also related to the Hamiltons of 
the Pahsimeroi Valley. My brother, John Milton, 
"J.M.", was born in September 21, I believe in 1926. 
I remember my father as having a beautiful voice 
and singing at various functions. In 1928 my dad 
sold The Messenger and moved to California. 

After the divorce, my mother moved to Salmon, 
where she later married Arthur Ernest "Dewey" 
Niemann. 

Dewey was the son of Frederick W. "Little" 
Niemann and wife, formerly Ella Boyle, of the Boyles 
for whom Boyle Creek was named and is now called 
Tower Creek — another bit on Salmon history 
changed! The "Little" Niemanns, so called to 
differentiate from the "big" Niemans of Big Flat, 
owned the dairy for many years, first located on the 
"Bar." Then Dewey and his parents bought the Lon 
Myers ranch, about 1929. My folks lived on the 
ranch, which Dewey ran, presently owned by Clee 
Stokes. The dairy was located at the end of Terrace 
Street, where the Robert Cramers live. This house 
has been registered in "The National Historical 



Register" for many, many years, and for which a 
certificate has been presented — all due to the 
Cramers efforts. The property where the dairy was 
located, included all the land from the Lemhi River 
to Terrace Street and from North Saint Charles to 
the Salmon River. 

My mother, Gladys, died in 1936 in Salmon at 42 
years. My father. Milt, died in Nampa in 1937, age 
52, my brother Harry in Blackfoot in 1963 at 49. 

My brother, J.M. and wife Elizabeth live in 
Spokane, Washington. Elizabeth was the daughter of 
Dick and Rose Shoup of Salmon. 

I married Alvin Bates Withington, January 19, 
1937. Alvin was a grandson of the pioneer family, 
L.P. Withington, for whom Withington Creek is 
named. Alvin died on October 6, 1973 at 57 years. 

— Bonnie Withington Gray 

Benhard Karlson Dillon 

This is the life of my father (Slippery) B.K. Dillon. I 
am telling this account of my father as close as I can 
remember of him relating the stories of his life to 
me and also included are the events that I actually 
remember. 

My father Benhard Karlson Dillon was born in 
Trondhiem, Norway, April 22, 1886, one of five 
children. His father was a fisherman and both he and 
Ben's brother drowned while fishing off the coast of 
Norway. His mother Guthre, ran the little farm in 
Norway until she died at the time Norway was 
invaded by the Germans in World War II. 

By the time that Ben was sixteen he had been a 
cabin boy on three voyages to the United States. He 
was a stowaway his first voyage and he stayed in the 
United States of America on his last voyage. 

From New York he made his way west. In 
Oklahoma he had an Uncle that he stayed with and 
took up butchering and shearing sheep. Some place 
along the way he took to wrestling. He wrestled all 
of the carnival strong men and this is where he got 
the nick name of Slippery. He said that he oiled 
himself in olive oil and it made him hard to hold on 
to. 

From Oklahoma he came west to Montana settling 
in Hamilton, Ravalli County. An early Missoula 
newspaper reported that he wrestled Frank Gotch 
on a handicap wager. Gotch agreed to throw Dillon 
twice in fifteen minutes or forfeit $250.00. Dillon was 
easy enough and the champion toyed with him for a 
while but the man from the Bitteroots was badly 
out-weighed but showed himself game enough. 

Ben married Fannie May Rennaker June 7, 1910. 
He then came to Salmon, Idaho for good. He had 
four daughters and one son, Mary Elizabeth, Bonita 
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Roscoe Charles who proceeded him in death at the 
age of seven. 

He provided for his family by working in the 
timber, shearing sheep, and also in various mines 
that were operating in the surrounding country. He 
employed a shearing crew of twenty to thirty men 
that would travel from California to Wyoming. He 
sheared for Emma Yearian, the Sheep Queen of 
Idaho, the Swager Brothers at Goldberg, Idaho, D.B. 
Drake of Challis, Idaho, the McFarlands, Mahaffeys, 
Demicks, and many more. 

The family lived in several locations about Salmon 
but finally settled on a homestead on River Street. 
He was a close neighbor to Captain Guleke and 
helped the Captain make his scows to run the 
Salmon River. Ben made fourteen trips with Guleke 
down the river. 



Early in 1962 he suffered a stroke from which he 
never recovered and he passed away in September 
1962 and was buried in the Salmon Cemetery 
overlooking his beloved Salmon Valley. 




Captain Guleke and B.K. "Slippery" Dillon. 

Ben had a love for horses and he owned several 
good ones. He raced against some of the old timers 
both here in Salmon and in Montana. Some of his 
horses were Springtime, Gangway, Buck Brush, 
Disaster, and Portagamein. 

He also trained Polo and other race horses for 
George Oliver and Fred Snook Senior. 

He was also an avid sportsman. During his later 
years he spent many hours fishing for the illusive 
Steelhead on the "River of No Return," one of his 
great loves. 



— Gertrude Dillon Ankrum 



Bat Doody 



Bat Doody, the subject of this story, was born in 
Ireland about the year 1830 and emigrated to the 
United States of America when he was twenty years 
of age. He first made his home in the state of 
Massachusetts. Soon after the discovery of placer 
gold in California, he left Massachusetts for the New 
El Dorado, making the journey by ship, by way of 
Cape Horn, South America. 

When he arrived at San Francisco he found the 
greatest gold excitement ever known and at once 
went to the gold diggins. He did his first placer 
mining at a town called Smartsville, and also worked 
at other gold camps. He is said to have gone from 
California to the rich gold placers of Idaho City in 
the Boise Basin and there he joined the gold rush to 
Leesburg, arriving at that camp during the early 
Spring of 1867, at a time when the mountain 
streams were all at flood tide, necessitating fording 
and rafting to cross the high waters. 

Mr. Doody spent fourteen years placer mining 
around Leesburg and on Moose Creek. His mining 
partner was James Cockran. During the year 1877 
he left Leesburg and went to Bonanaza, Custer 
County, where he prospected and worked in the rich 
lode mines — that new county being named in honor 
of General George Custer, the hero of the Battle of 
the Little Big Horn River. 

During the year 1884 Mr. Doody returned to 
Lemhi County where he and his nephew Jerry 
Doody, engaged in raising horses on Iron Creek, on 
the Wilkes Smith Ranch, which they purchased and 
where they were very successful for many years. 
During the year 1907, Mr. Bat Doody took a journey 
to Ireland, the land of his birth, where he was when 
he passed from the scenes of this world's activities 
and was buried near the place where he had spent 
his boyhood days. 

Bat Doody, owing to his genial, kindly, sympathetic 
ways, was a great favorite with the ladies who knew 
him, but he never married. He was held in high 
esteem by his business associates, his friends and 
his neighbors, and this world is the better for his 
having lived in it. 

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Ikey and Elaine Ward Twins of Neph and Zula Ward. 

Antone and Elaine Ward Drnjevic 

Antone J. Drnjevic was the son of Antone Drnjevic 
Sr. and Katherine Cernich Drnjevic. He attended 
Four Mile school and went through the eighth grade. 
Tony loved horses. 

Tony served in World War II in France and 
Germany. He was in six campaigns and had six 
Foreign Service bars. He entered the service August 
21, 1942. Tony was a mortar gunner and was 
wounded December 26, 1944 after being in battles 
in Normandy, Rhineland, and Northern France. He 
was decorated also with medals for his service in 
Africa and the Middle East. He was given the purple 
heart. Tony was discharged on July 25, 1945. 

Antone J. Drnjevic and Zula Elaine Ward were 
married in Hamilton, Montana March 18, 1946. 
Elaine was the daughter of Neph and Zula Ward. 
After their marriage, Tony and Elaine lived in 
Gibbonsville about six months. They then moved to 
the State House where Tony worked for the Idaho 
State Highway Department. The State House and 
shop were located seven miles north of Gibbonsville 
at State Creek. 

Tony and Elaine lived there for about ten years. 
Domestic water had to be hauled from Trapper 
Gulch near Twin Creeks. Gas lanterns were used for 
light until a power plant was installed. 

Tony and Elaine had five children: Antone J. born 
October 4, 1946, Franklin Neph born August 26, 
1947, Anita Dawn born September 30, 1948, and 
Rebecca Kim born January 20, 1955 all were born 
while they lived at State Creek, and Roderick Dean 
born October 31, 1956 who was born after they 
moved to Gibbonsville. 

Elaine had to drive Lynn and Anita to Gibbonsville 
for school. In 1956, the family moved to 



Gibbonsville. Tony worked for Livingston Lumber and 
the U.S. Forest Service during this time. He also 
worked at the Ima Mine in Patterson and the 
Blackbird Mine in Cobalt. 

Elaine drove the school bus from Gibbonsville to 
Salmon and cooked in the Hot Lunch program for 
the Salmon School District for thirteen years. 

In 1977, Tony and Elaine moved to Salmon where 
they built. Two years later they bought and 
developed land on Sal Mountain subdivision, where 
they subsequently retired. Tony passed away in 
January 1991 and was buried in the Gibbonsville 
Cemetery. 

— Zula Elaine Ward Drnjevic 




Elaine Drnjevic with Don Claire Ward 

Antone J. Drnjevic 

Antone J. Drnjevic emigrated from Mrksopija, 
Yugoslavia in about 1918. He came first to pave the 
way and to get started in a business before his 
family came over. He wanted to be able to support 
them here in this new country. 

Matt Drnjevic came to America in 1919 with his 
mother and two brothers. His father was already 
settled in the Lemhi Valley where he set up a 
business as a blacksmith just west of where Lemhi 
Lumber Company is now. William Kadletz was a 
partner in the blacksmith shop. 

"In the early winter of 1886, when the Shoup 
block was built, snow on the level was two feet deep 
and when along Center Street they plowed it out of 
the way of the workmen, they scraped it back 
toward where William Kadletz and A. Drnjevic's 
blacksmith shop now stands, they made a pile of 
snow as high as the building now is. 

Allen Merritt, who was here at the time, says they 
held the Christmas dance that year on the first floor 



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Katherine Cernich born 1890 Mrksopija, Yugoslavia died 1941 in 
Salmon and Antone John Drnjevic Sr. Born 1882 Mrksopija, 
Yugoslavia died 1926 in Salmon. 

of the Shoup building, and he believes the snow was 
deeper in Salmon than at any time since" (Salmon 
Herald Nov. 26. 1924). 

Antone J. Drnjevic and his wife Katherine Cernich 
Drnjevic settled on a ranch seven miles up the 
Lemhi River on Barracks Lane. The property is now 
owned by Richard Peterson. 

Of their seven children, three were born in 
Yugoslavia: Kazimar (1910), Matt (1913), and Mick 
(1914). the remaining four, Tony (1921), Frank 
(1922), Kate (1924), and Josephine (1927) were 
born in Lemhi County. 

The father, Antone J. Drnjevic, passed away in 
1926. The mother, Katherine and children stayed on 
the ranch until 1941 when Katherine died. 

— Zula Elaine Ward Drnjevic 



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John H. and Nancy Ann Smith Dryer 

John Heinrich Dryer was born October 21, 1828 in 
Oberfranken, Bavaria Germany He emigrated to 
Mahaska, Iowa, USA, where he married Nancy Ann 
Smith on January 28, 1858. 

They had one son, John Calvin Dryer, born 
February 18, in Mahaska. He was married in 
Marshaltown, Iowa and two sons were born to them: 
John Henry Dryer and Ray Luther Dryer. The boy's 
mother died when they were quite young. 

John Calvin Dryer and the oldest boy, John, 
moved to Salmon and had a small ranch on Fourth 
of July Creek. Ray L. Dryer moved to Salmon later 
with his aunt. Miss Stella Dryer to join his father and 
brother. 

After ranching for awhile J.C. Dryer became 
interested in real estate and selling most anything 
else. An old ad said "If you need wire see Dryer." 
Some prankster had written under it "If you don't 
lower your price, I won't buy 'er!" Mr. Dryer married 
again and his wife, Bessie clerked at the J.C. Penny 
store in Salmon for many years. 

John Dryer married Mamie Thornberg but they 
were later divorced. He was in ill health for many 
years. He lived in Bellingham, Washington for a while 
then returned to Salmon where he was the clerk at 
the Shenon Hotel. He died about 1925 or 1926. 

— Snookle Dryer 
Ray L. and Ethel Smout Dryer 

Ray L. Dryer, born September 9, 1887, and Ethel 
Smout were married November 26, 1913 at Salmon, 
Idaho. Ethel was born August 13, 1894 at Slaterville, 
Utah and came to Salmon when she was three years 
old with her parents, Annie and Winslow Smout. 
They lived at Ulysses and Mr. Smout worked in the 
mine for many years. 

Ray and Ethel had one child, LaVerna Marie 
"Snookie" born December 20, 1915. Mr. Dryer 
became a forest ranger on the forest service out of 
Salmon. The couple also ranched on the Middlefork, 
traveling back and forth to Salmon by horseback, 
with their small daughter, in all kinds of weather. 

Mr. Dryer also worked at the mine in Leesburg 
when O.E. Kirkpatrick was manager. Mrs. Dryer 
cooked for the miners. Later they moved to Salmon 
where they bought a house on Hope Street and lived 
there until their deaths. Mr. Dryer operated a tire 
shop on Main Street, selling Kelly Springfield Tires 
and gas from a pump on the curb. This was located 
next to Rigby's. They had a service station on the 
corner across from the Shenon Hotel where the O.K. 
Tire shop is now located. Mr. Dryer was also the 
clerk at the Shenon Hotel then known as the 
Herndon Hotel for many years. 



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Ethel Smout Dryer had three sisters who lived in 
Salmon; Alta, Nona, and Ola. Ola married Fred Gray. 
The Grays had a grocery store where the Owl Club is 
now located. There was an upper balcony on the 
building. Mr. Gray kept his bulk candy and supplies 
on this loft above. Billy Gray and his cousin, Snookie 
Dryer, sneaked into the candy supply and stuffed 
themselves on the goodies. 

Ethel Dryer once took a trip with Captain Guleke 
down the Salmon River as far as the Pine Creek 
Rapids. He couldn't take his boat through the rapids. 

Ray and Ethel Dryer moved to Butte about 1924, 
where he worked in the mine. Snookie was six or 
seven. Ethel and Snookie rode the Gilmore and 
Pittsburgh train to Armstead and then changed to a 
train that took them on to Butte. Snookie was 
amazed to see a colored porter on the dining car. At 
the mine, Ray took his little daughter down deep in 
the mine. The mine was dark and the cage they rode 
in fell so fast it frightened her. 

Mr. Dryer died November 6, 1964, at Salmon, 
Idaho and Ethel Smout Dryer died May 30, 1976 at 
Salmon, Idaho. 

— Snookie Harris 



Hugh Dunkin 

Hugh Ernest Eugene Dunkin was born at Oxford, 
Nebraska April 15, 1892 to Hugh E. and Flora Bayles 
Dunkin. When eleven years old he moved with his 
parents to Sheridan, Wyoming. 

On November 11, 1911 he was married to Ruth 
Birchby, daughter of John and Annie Hebson 
Birchby, emigrants from Bolton, Lancashire, England. 
Ruth's parents settled in Wyoming where her father 
ranched, mined and owned a mercantile store. 

Hugh and Ruth Dunkin came to Lemhi County in 
1919 riding the old Gilmore and Pittsburgh railroad 
from Armstead, Montana. They purchased the old 
Eagle Station farm north of Salmon near Fourth of 
July Creek. Until around 1912 the station served as 
a stop for the stage which originated at Red Rock, 
Montana, came through Salmon and went north to 
Gibbonsville. 

The Dunkins raised milk cows, sheep, garden 
produce and finally beef cattle. At one time Hugh 
delivered fresh vegetables weekly to homes along a 
route that covered Lemhi County from Gibbonsville, 
Shoup and Salmon to the Pahsimeroi Valley. The 
area where their ranch is located became known, 
especially to fishermen along the Salmon River, as 
"Dunkin's Corner." 

Hugh and Ruth had three children, John, Norman 
and Wilma. Their two sons were in the Navy in the 
Pacific Theater during World War II. John and his 
wife Gwen (Sorensen) live in Whittier, California and 




Ruth Birchby Dunkin, son John Hugh Dunkin and Hugh Ernest 
Dunkin 1915. 



have two children, Sylvia and John Michael, and 
three grandchildren, Debbie Johnson, and David and 
Douglas Dunkin. Norman and his wife Mary (Nahl) 
are living in Temple City, California. Their only child, 
Mary Ruth, died when very young. Wilma married 
Ivan (Stub) Bolander and they live at Fourth of July 
Creek north of Salmon. They have three children, 
Lana, Bruce, and Pamela, and four grandchildren, 
Jennifer and Jeremy Bolander, and Cody and Cassie 
Settles. 



— Wilma Bolander 



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Edgar Samuel and Susan Cox Edwards 

Edgar Samuel Edwards (senior) was born on 
March 4, 1839, the son of Samuel and Mary 
Edwards of Wales. The story has been passed down 
to one branch of the family that he was born in 
Wales and brought, as a baby, to Buffalo, New York, 
while other family members cite records stating he 
was born in Buffalo. It has been suggested that he 
perhaps attached some stigma to being foreign born 
and therefore claimed to be born in New York. In 
any case, both parents died of yellow fever when he 
was five and he was raised by an Uncle until he was 
bonded as an apprentice to a candy maker named 
Justin. Still in his teens, he and another apprentice 
ran away, hiring on with a wagon train bound for 
Oregon Territory. 

The young men left the wagon train near Denver 
in 1858 and went to California Gulch, Colorado 
Territory, where they profitably worked the tailings 
for gold dust. Later they worked in a lumber camp 
and then spent a year in San Juan Valley, New 
Mexico Territory, where they discoverd gold. 

In the winter of 1862 Edgar and his partner split 
their earnings and parted ways. Edgar bought a good 
horse and some supplies and headed north for 




Edgar Samuel Edwards, Sr. 



Virginia City, Montana Territory, and the newly 
discovered gold fields. He often told grandchildren of 
building large fires at night, along the way, to ward 
off wolves. He became partners with Bill Slade in 
Virginia City and operated a feed and livery stable. 
According to Edgar, Slade was prone to drunken 
shooting sprees but was not a criminal. The 
Vigilantes named him as one of the Plumber Gang 
and eventually hanged him, however. 

In 1866 Edgar sold his livery business to answer 
the call of "gold" in Leesburg, Idaho Territory. 
There, in 1867, he staked a claim in Warren Gulch, 
also known as Baboon Gulch. He is included in O.E. 
Kirkpatrick's book, History of Leesburg Pioneers. 

Mrs. Frances Cox Vance came from California to 
Leesburg in 1868 with her sixteen year old daughter, 
Susan Cox. Edgar Edwards married Susan on May 
23, 1869 in the first marriage to be performed in 
Leesburg. Susan was born in Jackson County, 
Missouri. 

Soon after the marriage they moved to Smithville, 
about two miles from Leesburg. Edgar continued to 
profit from placer mining while Susan worked the 
tailings near their cabin and accumulated 
considerable gold dust herself. Many miners, being 
fond of pretty Susan, gave her unusual nuggets and 
soon she had a quart jar full. Her husband teased 
her throughout her life about her "jar of gold" even 
though he and David McNutt had used it to finance 
transporting supplies from Salt Lake City to 
Leesburg, a venture that failed. The Edwards later 
moved into Leesburg and bought the two story 
Andrus Hotel, which they ran as the Edwards Hotel. 

On April 27, 1870 twin boys were born in 
Leesburg: Edgar Samuel and Frank. A year later 
Frank died from drinking lye water his mother used 
to scrub floors. He is buried in Leesburg Cemetery. 
On December 23, 1872 guy was born, followed by 
Ettie (m. Edgar Suydam) on April 16, 1875 in 
Leesburg. 

In 1875 the Edwards family bought a ranch north 
of Salmon, currently owned by Charles Thomas. 
They raised Shorthorn cattle and sold the meat to 
the mining camps. During the next seventeen years 
ten more children were added to the Edwards 
family: Elma, nicknamed Mame (m. John Walters) on 
January 7, 1876; Susie (m. George E. Shoup) on 
May 10, 1878; Ethel (m. John Bundy) on July 8, 
1880; Kate (m. J. Miley Spellman) on March 2, 
1882; Annie (m. Dr. Frank Wright) on September 30, 
1883; Ray on May 12, 1886; Robert on June 29, 
1888, who lived only four months; an unnamed son 
born on June 17, 1889, who died the same day; 
Ralph on June 2, 1891; and William Justus on June 
12, 1893. 

In 1881 the ranch was sold and in 1883 they built 
a two story house on Main Street in Salmon, 
currently occupied by Aunt Jo's Attic, where they 



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lived until the construction of the International Hotel 
in 1892. 

In 1888 the Edwards bought a ranch four miles 
south of Salmon, presently the Eugene Edwards 
ranch on Highway 93 South. They raised and sold 
cattle which were trailed to Red Rock, Montana, and 
shipped by train to market in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Edwards built the International Hotel in 1892 at 
the northeast corner of Main and N. St. Charles 
Streets, and continued to own and operate it as a 
hotel, restaurant and stage stop until 1911, when he 
retired. Many of the hotel's occupants were miners 
who expected to be served brown beans at every 
meal, including breakfast, and the hotel was 
nicknamed "The Brown Bean Hotel." The building 
was sold, in 1911, to Frank Havemann who 
converted it to a hardware store. 

Edgar S. Edwards, a man of means, made his 
money from mining, hotels, ranching and from 
lending money at reasonable rates. He, with two 
others, opened the first bank in Salmon, the Citizens 
National Bank at the southeast corner of Main and 
Center. He was active in politics and had a hand in 
forming Lemhi County; was present at the initiation 
when Idaho became a state; served as a member of 
the first City Council and a member of the innagural 
Board of Trustees of the Salmon School District. He 
helped establish and was treasurer of the Salmon 
City Cemetery Association; contributed to the 
building and maintenance of the Methodist Church 
and was a member of the Rocky Mountain Lodge #5 
I.O.O.F. from 1870. He quietly did many things for 
the good of the community, among them helping the 
City install a water system on the east side of 
Salmon. The only potable water had been from 
Warm Springs Creek and the Lemhi River. For a 
period of time Edwards provided a team and wagon 
with a large wooden barrel of water, filling it daily 
from Jessie Creek and fording the Salmon River. He 
would charge only those townspeople who could 
afford to pay. His kindness and generosity touched 
many lives including frequently large orders of 
groceries delivered anonymously to needy families. 

When each of his sons was ready to pursue an 
occupation, Edwards provided them with the means 
to do so. To some he gave land and cattle, for one 
he bought a share in a bank, for another he 
purchased a drug store. As his daughters married, 
Edwards built and gave them houses, or if they 
married ranchers, gave them cattle. He built two 
brick houses on Center Street, north of Shoup. The 
family home was nearest to the corner and the 
other he gave to a daughter. He also built two brick 
houses facing onto Shoup Street for other 
daughters. 

One of his granddaughter's fondest memories was 
of the Fourth of July holiday. Ranchers and miners 
came to town to celebrate, and at the Edwards' 



house on Center Street, the dining room table was 
piled high with bread, butter, jelly, ham, bacon, 
turkey and chicken. On the back porch were big 
wash tubs filled with grape juice and ice. There were 
streams of people all day long, having lunch at the 
Edwards. She remembered that "Everyone knew 
Grandpa Edwards." Boys and girls would run up to 
him shouting, "Hello, Grandpa" and he would hand 
them a nickel. But if they asked for the nickel, he 
had none! He helped children pry up the boards of 
the sidewalk in front of the hotel to retrieve coins 
that had fallen through the cracks. 

For many of the last years of his life, David 
McNutt lived in the International Hotel and with the 
Edwards family. He willed a ranch on Big Flat (Hot 
Springs Ranch) and other holdings to Edwards. When 
McNutt died, Edgar Edwards installed a large block 
of granite, brought from Leesburg and inscribed with 
McNutt's name, in the center of the Edwards plot in 
the Salmon Cemetery. 

Edwards' life long friendship with Colonel George 
L. Shoup began in Colorado Territory. In Salmon 
they engaged in many enterprises and partnerships. 
The most glaring difference between them was in 
their attitudes about personal privacy. Shoup 
engaged in politics and welcomed publicity of his 
opinions and affairs. Edwards did not. Mr. Abbott, 
Editor of the Salmon Herald, learned that, to his 
pain. After many years as friends, Abbott ran a front 




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page story about Edwards planning to complete the 
sale of a piece of property the next day, and named 
the price. Edwards met the editor on the street and 
said, "I never want to see the Edwards name in your 
paper as long as I live." For almost ten years, the 
name did not appear. However, at Edwards' death 
most of the front page of the Herald was a tribute to 
Edwards, espousing the editor's long and close 
friendship with Edwards. 

Edgar S. Edwards' life ended in his sleep on 
January 20, 1923, in the brick house that still stands 



on Center Street. His wife of fifty-four years, Susan, 
passed away in 1926. Together they shared the joys 
and sorrows of an intensely active life and endured 
hardships with cheerfulness and fortitude. Edgar 
devoted much of his life to the development of 
Lemhi County and will be remembered as a "true 
pioneer." 

— Jo Whitcomb 
— Viola Edwards 




Susan Cox Edwards, Maude Johnson Edwards, Corinne Edwards 
(Stratton), Janice Edwards (Slavin), Lois Edwards (Denny), Edgar 
Samuel (Eddie) Edwards, Edgar Samuel Edwards, Gertrude 

Edgar S. Edwards, Jr. and Maude 
Johnson Edwards 

Edgar Samuel Edwards, Jr. was born at Leesburg, 
Idaho on April 4, 1870. His twin brother, Frank, died 
at the age of two from drinking lye water that was 
used to mop floors. Frank is buried in Leesburg. 
Their parents were Edgar S. Edwards, Sr. and Susan 
Cox Edwards. 

Eddie lived in Leesburg until he was four years old 
when his family moved to a ranch four miles north 
of Salmon. 

Eddie was married to Maude Elizus Johnson in 
1894 in Salmon. Maude was born in Corinne, Utah in 
1871. Her father was Edmond Pelton Johnson, a 
lawyer born in New York. Her mother was Gertrude 
Cecilia Jakobs Johnson. Maude was educated in a 
girls' school in Syracuse, New York. When she was a 
small child, her parents moved to Challis, Idaho. 



Edwards (Briggs) at the 'Home Ranch' four miles south of 
Salmon in the spring or early summer of 1907. 



Maude's mother died in 1883 when Maude was 
twelve years old. In 1893, Maude came to Salmon. 

Eddie and Maude lived in town for a while and 
later moved to a ranch four miles south of town on 
Highway 93. They had a new eight roon home built 
on the ranch. They raised Hereford and Angus 
cattle. The cattle were trailed to Red Rock, Montana 
and loaded on the train to go to markets at Omaha, 
Nebraska or Ogden, Utah. 

Six children were born to this marriage. A baby girl 
died at birth and was buried on the ranch. The born 
were Frank, Corinne, Gertrude, Janice and Lois. 

Maude and Eddie had been married sixteen years 
when Maude died at the age of thirty-nine. She had 
been sick for about a week. The autopsy showed 
that death had resulted from an internal hemorrhage 
caused by gallstones. She died Sunday morning on 
January 6, 1910. This death was sudden and very 



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sad. It left a grieving husband and five little children 
without the consoling and guiding care of a mother. 
A beautiful character was that of Mrs. Edwards. 

Eddie was a member of the Rocky Mountain Lodge 
#5 I.O.O.F. and has received his fifty year jewel. 
Eddie passed away October 16, 1952 at Steele 
Memorial Hospital in Salmon at the age of eighty-two 
years. He is buried in the Salmon Cemetery. 

— Viola Edwards 



Gary Kuznicki and they have two sons and one 
daughter and live in Anchorage, Alaska. 

Eugene and Viola have spent nearly fifty years on 
the ranch. They will celebrate their Golden Wedding 
Anniversary in 1992. 

— Viola Edwards 

Frank J. Edwards and Gladys Salvin 
Edwards 



Eugene Frank and Viola Mullen Edwards 

Eugene Edwards was born on February 1, 1922 at 
Salmon, Idaho. His parents were Gladys and Frank 
Edwards. Eugene attended grade school in Salmon 
and graduated from high school in 1940. 

Eugene married Viola Mullen at Boise, Idaho on 
August 16, 1942. She had worked at the Ben 
Franklin Five and Dime store in Salmon and them 
attended business school in Boise. 

Eugene and Viola made their home on the 
Edwards Home Ranch, four miles south of Salmon, 
where they continue to live today. They raised 
Hereford cattle and sold some fo the calf crop to 
order buyers which were shipped by truck to feeders 
in the Midwest. During the busy years on the ranch, 
Eugene spent many hours in his shop as he was very 
apt at mechanical building. He built a derrick, hay 
stacker, grain grinder and grain feed truck and many 
other useful machines. Eugene built several houses, 
a shop, calving shed, and other buildings. 

Eugene was quite community-minded. He was a 
member of the Salmon School Board for twelve 
years and handed diplomas to his three sons. Other 
organizations which Eugene belonged to included the 
Lemhi County Planning Commission, the Soil 
Conservation Service Board, the Lemhi Cattlemen 
Association (president), and Idaho Cattlemen 
Association (Board of Director member). He was also 
chosen as Cattlemen of the Year in 1990. Eugene is 
a member of the Elk's Lodge No. 1620 and the 
Masonic Lodge. He sought not to gain polictical life 
and never held a public office with involvements. 

Viola was a 4-H leader of the Rainbow Ranches, 
teaching cooking, sewing, gardening and home 
improvements. In 1972, Viola was President of the 
Lemhi County Cattlewomen. During 1990, she 
served as Noble Grand of Rebekah Lodge I.O.O.F. 

To this couple five children were born. Faye 
married Bruce James and they have three sons and 
live in Havre, Montana. Roger married Patricia 
Jakovac and they have one daughter and two sons 
and live in Salmon.- Paul married Sally Yowell and 
they have two daughters and live in Salmon. Leslie 
married Linda Arfmann and they have one daughter 
and one son and live in Wyoming. Christine married 



Frank J. Edwards was born on September 30, 
1897 at the home ranch four miles south of Salmon 
on Highway 93. His parents were Edgar S. Edwards, 
Jr. and Maude Johnson Edwards. He attended grade 
and high schools in Salmon. On January 14, 1918, 
Frank enlisted in the U.S. Army when he was twenty 
years old. He was in the Twenty-First Regiment of 
the U.S. Infantry. He received an Honorable 
discharge on January 20, 1919 at Camp Kearny, 
California. He then returned to work with his father 
on the ranch. 

Frank married Gladys Mary Slavin. Gladys was 
born on December 12, 1898 at Carmen, Idaho. She 
was born in the original log home on the Slavin 
ranch. Her parents were Wallace and Francis Kadletz 
Slavin. Gladys received her education at the Carmen 
grade school and Salmon High School. She attended 
Barnes Business School in Denver, Colorado in 1919. 
When she returned to Salmon, she worked at the 
Pioneer Bank and Trust Company. Frank and Gladys 
were married on February 15, 1921 at the new 
home of her parents on Carmen Creek. They made 
their home on the Edwards ranch four miles south of 
Salmon. 

In 1928, the couple proved up on a homestead 
entry from a military credit which added five 
hundred sixty acres to the size of the home ranch. 
In 1946, they formed a partnership with their four 
sons and acquired other properties. They raised 
Hereford cattle and sold the calf crop to local 
buyers. Some cattle were hauled to market in 
trucks. 

Frank and Gladys had four sons: Eugene, Edgar, 
William and Harold. Eugene married Viola Edwards 
and they bought the home ranch south of Salmon 
from the partnership in 1969. Edgar married Myrtle 
Clark and they bought the ranch west of Salmon 
from the partnership in 1969. William married 
Nadene Warf and passed away in 1990. Harold 
married Cheryl West and is a dentist in Santa Rosa, 
California. 

Frank passed away on October 24, 1964 at the 
age of sixty-seven years. Gladys is still living at the 
age of ninety-two years. 

— Viola Edwards 



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Paul Wayne Edwards 



Roger and Patricia Jakovac Edwards 



Paul W. Edwards was born October 30, 1947 in 
Salmon, Lemhi County, Idaho, to Eugene and Viola 
Edwards. He had two brothers, Roger and Leslie; 
and two sisters, Faye and Christine. Paul went 
through school in Salmon and graduated from 
Salmon Highs School in 1967. He then went to Idaho 
State University in Pocatello. 

He married Sally Lou Yowell who was born July 
29, 1951 in Salmon, Idaho. She was one of the first 
babies born in the "new" Steele Memorial Hospital. 
Her parents are Fenton Fudston Yowell of 
Marquette, Kansas and Helen Irene Morgan Yowell of 
Englewood, Colorado. Sally has one brother, Steven 
K. Yowell. Sally went to school in Salmon and 
graduated in 1969. She also attended Idaho State 
University at Pocatello. 

Paul and Sally were married on August 15, 1970 
and for the first six months they lived in Santa Rosa, 
California. In January of 1971 they returned to 
Salmon where Paul joined his father, Eugene, on the 
ranch. Paul and his father ran a cow calf commercial 
Hereford herd. During the 1970's the American 
Hereford Association in Denver, Colorado, used the 
Edwards herd as a test herd for several top bulls of 
the nation. Artificial insemination records were kept 
and put through computers for evaluation. These 
records gave data for factors such as heritability, 
selection differential, generation interval, genetic 
correlation and estimated breeding values to aid in 
herd improvements. Choice heifers were saved for 
replacements to improve the Edwards commercial 
herd. 

In 1972 Eugene and Paul began to lease another 
ranch adjacent to, but across the river from Edwards 
ranch. With this ranch they could increase the size 
of the herd. In 1982 Paul leased the ranch from his 
father and also leased the adjoining ranch and other 
holdings. Utilizing the forest permits he now runs 
over four hundred head of cattle. 

Paul and Sally have two daughters: Julie Dell 
Edwards, born April 25, 1974 and Jennifer Kay 
Edwards, born July 29, 1976. 

Sally is a member of the Methodist Church and 
Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She has coached girls' 
Softball and been involved with Job's Daughters and 
the Methodist Youth Group. She has worked at the 
Salmion River Cafe for twenty-six years. 

Paul is a member of the Cattlemen's Association 
and the Elk's Lodge. He likes to fish, hunt, 
snowmobile, and enjoyes carpentry work in his spare 
time. 

Paul and Sally are the fifth generation fo Edwards 
to live on this ranch. In 1990 the ranch became a 
Centennial Ranch, celebrating one hundred years in 
the cattle industry. 

— Sally Edwards 



Roger Eugene Edwards was born to Eugene and 
Viola Mullen Edwards on November 28, 1945 in 
Salmon, Idaho. He was raised on the Edwards ranch 
three and one half miles south of Salmon and 
received his education in the Salmon public school 
system which he graduated from in May of 1965. 
Roger then went logging for Parmenter Logging in 
Afton, Wyoming for one year until he was drafted 
into the United States Army. He graduated from 
basic training on June 8, 1966 in Fort Ord, 
California. After graduating from basic training he 
was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for 
advanced training. From there he was sent to 
France; from France to Germany where he spent his 
two year tour. Upon discharge in May of 1968 he 
returned to Salmon where he began his own short 
logging business that shortly turned into a heavy 
equipment operation called Edwards Construction. 

In the spring of 1969 Roger started to date 
Patricia (Pat) Rae Jakovac. Pat was born to William 
and Betty Scollick Jakovac on December 16, 1951 in 
Salmon, Idaho. She was raised on a small farm three 
miles south of Salmon and she also received her 
education in the Salmon public school system 
graduating in May of 1970, 

Roger and Pat were married on June 19, 1970. 
They made their home three miles south of Salmon 
on a corner piece of property on the Edwards ranch 
that was given to them by Roger's parents. They 
continue to run Edwards Construction with Roger 
running the equipment building roads, leveling land, 
mining, etc, and Pat taking care of the office and the 
family. Roger and Pat have three children; two boys. 
Michael Todd born on March 4, 1973 and Corey 
Robert born on July 24, 1977, and one girl, 
Samantha Ann born on May 9, 1980 which keep 
them very busy. 

— Pat Edwards 




The Pat and Roger Edwards Family: FRONT ROW: Pat and Roger, 
BACK ROW: Samantha, Michael, and Corey. 



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Bessie Ellis 1957, fifty-one years old. 



Bessie H. Ellis 



Jack and Diane were married in 1959 and they have 
two sons, Mark and David. Jack continues to ranch 
in Salmon, Idaho. 

Dick married Maxine Lovelace and they had four 
girls, Cindy, Ella, Elizabeth and Debby. They 
separated and Dick became interested in computers 
and communication. He worked for AT&T and spent 
a year in Iran while the Shah was still in power. I was 
lucky to be able to visit him there. 

Mike graduated from the University of Idaho and 
began teaching school in Hood River, Oregon. Mike 
married Sue Brunmeier and the later separated. He 
is now married to Davinne McKeown and is a math 
teacher and computer programmer. Davinne is an 
authoress and writes for the Hood River News. Mike 
and Davinne have no children. They continue to live 
in Hood River. Frank was killed in a motor vehicle 
accident in 1968. 

I have spent the last twenty three winter in 
Phoenix, Arizona. Before retiring completely I worked 
winters at "The Beatitudes," nursing home in 
Phoenix. I enjoy activities with the senior citizens 
and look forward to spending summers in Lemhi 
County. 



My name is Bessie Hutchison and I had a sister, 
Lois, who married Jack Hall. Jack was raised on the 
Hall ranch about four miles above Shoup. Lois was 
teaching the Shoup school in 1933. The old school 
building had two stories. The lower story was the 
school room and the top story was an apartment 
where the teacher lived. 

Once during the summer when I was visiting Lois, 
Jack looked out the window and said, "Bessie, didn't 
you say that you wanted to meet a man who was 
tall, dark, and handsome? Well, here he comes!" 
Frank Ellis, rode up leading a pack string so he could 
take supplies to the sheep camp. Frank and I were 
married in 1937 and spent our honeymoon herding 
sheep. That fall, in September we bought the upper 
Carmen ranch from Tom Kropeck. Later we bought 
the Al Zeimes ranch and some land from Newt 
Cooper. In 1938 Jack was born, Dick in 1939 and in 
1944 Mike arrived. 

One year we were having trouble making the 
payments on the ranch because lightning had killed 
some of our steers grazing on Freeman Creek, so I 
returned to teaching school again. During the 
following years I taught at Upper Carmen, Patterson, 
May, Kirtley Creek and Tendoy. Teaching at 
Patterson was a unique experience, as I did two jobs. 
I taught until 2:30 then had an eighth grade girl 
come in and supervise while I opened the clinic for 
the Ima Mine. I received training as a Licensed 
Practical Nurse at the newly built Steele Memorial 
Hospital. 

Diane Langenheder came to Salmon and began 
working at Steele Memorial as a Registered Nurse. 



— Bessie H. Ellis 

David Wayne Ellis 

David Wayne Ellis was born in Salmon, Idaho, 
January 25, 1962 to Jack and Diane Ellis. David 
married Jacci Lyn Choate, from Fairfield, Idaho, on 
November 12, 1983 in Salmon. David and Jacci have 
two children, Amy Michele born in 1984 at Moscow, 
Idaho, and Jace Franklin in 1990 at Salmon, Idaho. 



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Jace, Jacci, and Amy Ellis 



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Frank R. Ellis 

Frank Raymond Ellis was born on January 19, 
1896, in Sioux County, Nebraska. Frank was the 
second of five boys born to this marriage. When 
Frank was a year old his father, Solomon Linvill Ellis, 
and his mother, Anna Luella Morgareidge Ellis, 
moved their young family to Valentine, Nebraska, 
where his father was a surveyor. Frank started to 
grade school in Valentine. 

On may 30, 1905, Frank's father was killed by 
lightning while surveying in the Sand Hills south of 
Valentine. In July, 1905, mother Ellis moved her five 
boys to Moscow, Idaho, where many of her relatives 
lived. 

In November, 1909, mother Ellis moved her family 
back to Harrison, Nebraska, and married Lowe 
Wilson, who was her first husband's half brother. Not 
being able to get along with his stepfather, Frank 
moved back to Moscow to finish grade school and 
there graduated from high school. 

In May, 1915, he graduated from high school and 
moved back to Harrison, Nebraska. He went to work 
for the Bar-T Cattle Company in the Sand Hills. Later 
he lied about his age and took out a homestead in 
the Sand Hills near the Wyoming line. The bar-T was 
to provide the house, well, fences, etc. Then when 
the property had been proven on, Frank was to deed 
the land back to the Bar-T. 



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Frank R. Ellis 



In 1917 Frank was drafted into the Army and 
spent his boot training in Camp Cody, Deming, New 
Mexico. He served through all the major fighting in 
France, 1918 until November 11, 1918, and then in 
the Army of Occupation in Germany until June, 
1919. 

After being discharged from the Army Frank 
returned to Harrison, Nebraska, and went to work 
for the Denver National Bank. He was sent to South 
Dakota to take over and manage the South Dakota 
Land and Cattle Company. 

In 1923 Frank moved to Boise, Idaho, and worked 
on the Black Canyon Dam. In 1924 he helped survey 
and lay out the town site for American Falls, Idaho. 
Later that fall he went hunting with a group of the 
workers on the upper Salmon River. This was his 
first introduction to the Salmon River Country. 

In 1925 he moved to May, Idaho, and spent the 
fall and winter trapping along the Pahsimeroi River. 
The next summer he worked for Vern Coiner. He 
spent the fall and winter of 1926 trapping on 
Panther Creek and in the Big Horn Crags with Si 
Nickoniski. 

In the spring of 1927 Frank staked out a 
homestead on the Salmon River just down stream 
from the mouth of the Pahsimeroi River. He formed 
a partnership with Charlie Vance on a band of sheep. 

That partnership lasted for ten years, through the 
Great Depression of the "30's." Frank tells about 
him and Charlie sending two car loads of lambs to 
Denver and they didn't pay for the shipping. 

While Frank was summering the sheep in the 
mountains above Shoup, Idaho, he would come in to 
Shoup to pick up supplies left there by Charlie. 
There he met Bessie Hutchison, who was visiting her 
sister Lois. Lois was married to Jack Hall, who was 
working in the mines at Shoup and Ulysses. 

Frank and Bessie were married on June 6, 1937, 
on the Hutchison homestead at Hamer, Idaho. That 
fall they sold their share of the partnership to 
Charlie Vance and purchased one hundred sixty 
acres from Tom Kropack on the South Fork of 
Carmen Creek. Later they bought land from Al 
Zeimes and Newt Cooper, forming the ranch on 
what is now known as Freeman Creek. 

Frank and Bessie raised three boys on this ranch. 
Jack Franklin, Richard Harvey, and Robert Michael. 

Frank ran the ranch and Bessie taught school in 
various places around Lemhi County. Frank 
continued to enjoy his ranch, selling to his oldest 
son Jack in 1961. Although his last years were 
hampered by ill health he continued to live on the 
ranch, always helping out where he could. Frank met 
his death on October 2, 1968, when he wrecked his 
pickup on the Locksa River, going to visit his brother 
at Kooskia, Idaho. 

— Jack Ellis 



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George Amos and Mary Johnson Ellis 



Jack F. Ellis Family 



George Amos Ellis came to Idaho from Des 
Moines, Iowa where he was born in 1860. His family 
brought him west when he was two years old. They 
settled in the Boise Basin and later moved to 
Leesburg, and then came to Salmon when George 
was a teen age boy. He followed the mining and was 
one who located the well known Patterson Mine. 

George A. Ellis married Mary Helen Johnson who 
was born in Corrine, Utah in 1865, and came to Ellis, 
Idaho as a small girl. They had ten children: Wilson, 
Boise, George, Allen (Mike), Alvin, Roy, Harriet, Amy, 
Annie, and Helen. 

His ranching activities also started when he was 
younger. He was only sixteen when he located at the 
mouth of the Pahsimeroi but since he was not old 
enough to file a claim, his father purchased the 
ranch property there. He started running cattle and 
remained there all his life. The nearby town of Ellis 
took its name from the Ellis family. 

George A. Ellis had had some military experience 
during some battles with the Indians around Fort 
Lemhi. He was elected County Commissioner for 
several terms. George died in 1940 and Mary passed 
away two years later in 1942. 

—Betty Gott 



Jack was born on May 25. 1938 in a two room 
cabin on South St. Charles Street, in Salmon, Idaho, 
the son of Frank and Bessie Ellis. This cabin was a 
rest home operated by Ruth Wilkins. 

Jack was raised on the family ranch at the head of 
the East Fork of Carmen Creek, later to be renamed 
Freeman Creek. He attended school at Upper 
Carmen and was taught by teachers Mildred Brown, 
Virginia Arwine, Ethel McFarland and his mother 
Bessie Ellis. 

Jack worked for the Forest Service as a packer for 
three years and also as a taller in the timber. It was 
during this time that he met Diane Langenheder who 
was an RN at Steele Memorial Hospital. Diane 
graduated from the Sacred Heart School of Nursing 
in Spokane, Washington in 1958. Jack and Diane 
were married in December 1959 in Salmon. The 
summer of 1960, the young couple lived in Mackay, 
Idaho where Jack worked at the fish hatchery for 
the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. 

In January of 1961 they purchased the ranch on 
Freeman Creek, from Jack's parents and in 1967 
they purchased the adjoining ranch from Jake and 
Molly Jakovac. This ranch has been the family home 
up to the present time. 

Jack and Diane have two sons, Mark, born in 1960 




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and David, born in 1962. Their sons are now married 
and botin continue to work in agriculture. Mark 
married Elizabeth Ritan in December 1987 and they 
have one son, Justin Andrew, born September 20, 
1989. David married Jacci Choate in November 
1983. They have a daughter. Amy Michelle, born 
April 14, 1984 and a son, Jace Franklin born January 
27, 1990. 

The family has been active in the community. Jack 
is a member of Lemhi Lodge #11 and he and Diane 
are members of the Eastern Star. They are also 
members of the Carmen Grange and were 4-H 
leaders during the years their sons were in 4-H. Jack 
served on the school board during the 1970's and 
helped in getting the community a new high school. 
Jack has been a member of the Bureau of Land 
Management Grazing Advisory board and at present 
is on the BLM Advisory Council. They are both 
members of the Cattleman's and Cattlewoman's 
Association. They support agriculture, multiple use, 
and enjoy living in Lemhi County. 

— Jack Ellis 

Robert L. Ellis 

Robert Ellis, son of Wilson Pelton and Elda Ellis, 
was born April 20, 1913 at Ellis, Idaho. He was one 
of six children, Oscar, Lawrence, Mable, Emma, and 
Neoma. 

Bob rode horseback three miles to school and 
carried his lunch in a three pound lard bucket. The 
little log school house he attended was the areas 
only means of education. He graduated from the 
eighth grade April twentieth, on his birthday. He 
remembers that being a happy occasion because 
school was dismissed for the summer also. 

Bob's love for the outdoors and his knowledge for 
the care of livestock lead him to ranching. Many a 
haystack he labored over but the hard work brought 
its rewards. The cattle enjoyed it in the winter and it 
was a relief to know the stock were taken care of. In 
the spring it was time to turn the cattle out on the 
range. When fall rolled around it was time to bring 
them home. Bob spent his time riding the open 
range looking for cattle and was chef for two camps. 
He spent about four months out of the year at 
Morgan Creek and Big Hat Creek cow camps. 

During Bob's years at Ellis, Idaho he spent most of 
those on a ranch across the Salmon River. Living 
across the river presented a few problems. In the 
spring they could ford the river with a team. In the 
winter crossing on the ice was their way back and 
forth. He would stock up on supplies during the 
months before high water. The only way to get out 
then was to ride horseback up river towards Red 
Bluff and Challis. Here the river turned and went 







Robert L. Ellis 



down the other side of the valley. 

Bob enjoyed shoeing the Indians' horses. He would 
shoe their horses before they went on their hunting 
trips. He also liked to scout out the Salmon beds in 
the Pahsimeroi River. The Indians could then slip in 
and spear the fish. To show thanks for his work they 
kept Bob in handmade buckskin gloves. 

In 1960 he worked as a packer, outfitter and guide 
in the Camas Creek and Goat Lake areas. Bob left 
the ranch at Ellis in 1963 to come to Salmon, Idaho. 
He moved to South Saint Charles Street to be with 
his father who was ill and needed care. He continued 
to do packing and guiding and was always ready to 
lend a hand to a relative or friend. Many an 
afternoon was spent on a set of shoes for their 
horses. Good and friendly advice was offered to 
solve a problem dealing with training, breaking, and 
riding a horse. It was wise to heed his advice for it 
was generally helpful and right. 

Bob has spent the past twelve years on the Tower 
Creek ranch. Summer barbecues are always in his 
schedule of events. Winter time fun included hitching 
his team to a sled and taking rides through the snow 
covered fields. Bob will always take a hand in helping 
with the enjoyment for others. It is just a special 
part of his personality. 

— Brenda Miller 



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Wilson R. Ellis 

Wilson Ellis, business man and true pioneer was 
born in Pamom, England in 1832. When he was 
twenty-six years old, he moved his wife, Emma and 
daughter, Emily to Iowa. Here his wife passed away 
and he remarried, this ladies name was Emma also. 
To this union a son, Georgie and a daughter Amelia 
were born. 

In 1862 the Ellis family joined a wagon train of 
three hundred people and headed west. Their first 
stop was Centerville, Territory of Idaho. Centerville 
was later known as Boise Basin, Idaho. While here 
another son was born to Wilson and Emma in 1863. 
This child was named Boise Basin Ellis and was the 
first white boy to be born here. 

Wilson still following the mining camps, took his 
family to Virginia City, Montana and then on to 
Salmon, Idaho in 1867. Their family increased here, 
where daughter Edith and son Fred were born. Fred 
passed away here in his early childhood, and wife 
Emma died a few years later. They are both buried 
in the Salmon Cemetery. 

In 1869 Wilson Ellis became Justice of the Peace 
for Salmon City, Lemhi County, Idaho Territory. 




Wilson R. Ellis 



THOS. CLOtn. JOHN H. PADOHAM. 

ELT)KR& rADCJIIAM, 

AttcJrneys-at-Law, 

.SAI.MUS CITV. - - - IDAHO. 

By this time Wilson was involved in ranching and 
supplying meat for his two butcher shops, one being 
located in Leesburg and the other one in Salmon. 
His butcher shop in Salmon was located near the 
intersection of South Terrace Street and Main 
Street. His ranch was located north of town, 
extending along the Salmon River to the mouth of 
the Lemhi River including land on both sides of the 
Lemhi. He also had an acreage and slaughtering 
place on South St. Charles Street where the Robert 
Ellis property is now located. He owned a hotel built 
out of logs, which was located on Main Street, about 
a block down from his butcher shop in the vicinity of 
McPherson's parking lot. He sold his hotel in 1871 
to Mr. Andrews. This became known as the 
Metropolitan Hotel. The Ellis families' home was 
located in the area of the intersection of North 
Andrews and Shanafelt Street. 

In 1878 Wilson Ellis married Emma Buchanon. It 
was said, Wilson being the Englishman that he was, 
had no problem in remembering his wife's name 
since all three were named Emma. He called them 
Hem or Hemma. 

In 1879 he sold his remaining business's and 
properties in Salmon and bought two lots in Challis, 
Idaho. He moved his wife and younger children 
there. His older daughter Emily was married by this 
time and remained in Salmon. 

In 1882 he filed a declaration of homestead on 
one hundred sixty acres, fifteen miles down river 
from Challis. In 1884 this property became known as 
the Ellis Way ranch. 

In 1903 Wilson's son, Boise was injured in an 
accident, involving a team of horses, while fencing 
the May Cemetery. Boise passed away at his home 
in the Pahsimeroi valley near May, Idaho. He was 
the first person to be buried in the May Cemetery. 
Wilson's only remaining son, George owned a ranch 
along the Pahsimeroi River near Ellis. George and 
Mary's family consisted of six boys and four girls. At 
different times the Wilson Ellis families and the 
George Ellis families either owned or operated nine 
ranches in the Pahsimeroi valley. 

There are three granddaughters of Wilson Ellis still 
living in the area. They are Harriet Grain of Salmon, 
Idaho, Amy Warren of Salmon, Idaho and Annie 
Bennetts of Challis, Idaho. 

In 1900 Wilson took his grandson, who was twelve 
years old at the time, and made a trip back to 
England. Wilson passed away in 1907, and is buried 
in the May Cemetery. 

— Audrey Nichols 



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Mabelle Frances Mulkey Ellsworth 

I was born January 15, 1926 in Oakland, California 
the daughter of Leslie William and Mabelle Lola 
Mulkey (Hoist). My father was the son of William H. 
Mulkey and Carrie L. Mulkey (Sheets). My mother 
was the daughter of Carlos and Mabelle F. Hoist 
(Greenwell) from Brigham, Utah. 

When I was nine years old my parents divorced 
and re-married. Leslie married Mata Dye (Bennett) 
and Mabelle married Steven Cinkosky. My mother 
and Steven had two sons, Steven Ross and David 
Edward both born in Florida in the 1940's. David was 
killed in Vietnam in 1971. Steve lives in Scappoose, 
Oregon. All my grandparents are dead, also my 
father and mother are dead. 

After spending two years with my mother and 
stepfather in Florida, I returned to Lemhi County in 
June of 1938. Except for eighteen months spent in 
Boise In 1948 and 1949, I have continued living in 
Lemhi County. 

June 3, 1944, I married Terrance Earl McRae of 
Leadore. He was the son of Earl and Ethel McRae. 
We had a daughter. Sheila Luckey McRae born 
September 19, 1948. We were divorced in 1949. 

Sheila married Kenneth Lockes March 26, 1972. 
The have two children, David born September 23, 
1973 and Ginger born March 9, 1977. At the present 
time they live in Salmon, where Kenneth works for 
the State Highway Department. 

On August 29, 1950, I married James Ellsworth 
November 8, 1920-February 27, 1989. He was born 
in Lewisville, Idaho, the sixth child born to Preston 
and Edna Ellsworth (Walker). At the time of our 
courtship and marriage, he was living in the Tendoy 
and Leadore areas, engaged in the ranching business 
with his father and brothers. 

Preston Ellsworth and Sons bought the Benedict 
ranch from Carlson and Swauger April, 1950. Jim 
was living there managing that ranch when we 
married. In the late sixties, we bought out the other 
partners. Our children and I continue to run the 
ranch. We had five children and all are partners in 
our business. 

Jim adopted my daughter. Sheila McRae, and she 
used the Ellsworth name. Lisa Leslie was born June 
9, 1951. She married Rick Young August 17, 1974. 
They have two children, Jamie born February 3, 
1979, and Kristopher born September 12, 1981. 
They live on part of the Benedict ranch, but have 
their own business known as Y Livestock. Rita Kay, 
born October 14, 1956, is married to David 
Koeppen. They have one child Kimberly born July 
21, 1990. Dave is an instructor at Boise State and 
Kay is a C.P.A. working in Boise. The have a ranch 
and live in Sweet, Idaho. Carl Rand born October 15, 
1960. He married Kelly Walker August 11, 1984. 
They have two children, Casey born March 4, 1986, 



and Nicholas born August 26, 1988. Carl and Kelly 
live on the home place and they are the owner- 
managers of what we call the Ellsworth Angus 
Ranch. Craig Mulkey Ellsworth born December 24, 
1962. Craig is not married. He works for Hewlett- 
Packard and lives in San Diego, California. He is 
furthering his education at the university there. Gay 
Marie (Gigi), born August 31, 1965, married Gary 
Arambarri on July 21, 1984. They live in Boise. Gary 
works in the administration department of Boise 
State Vo-Tech. Gigi's job is with North Star 
Marketing. They do not have any children. 

Jim was community minded. He served twelve 
years on the Leadore School Board, twelve years in 
the Idaho Senate, eight years as Senate Pro-Tem, 
and one term as County Commissioner. I continue to 
live on the ranch and have my home one mile away 
from the ranch headquarters. 

— Mabelle F. Ellsworth 



Erie and Lula Thornburg Embley 

Erie Embley was born in Mendon, St Joseph 
County, Michigan on September 12, 1885. He had 
one brother, Edson, and three sisters. Erie came to 
Boyle Creek in the early 1900's to help his sister, 
Margaret Embley Martin Baer, who lived one mile up 
the left fork. His sister Margaret first married Daniel 
G. Martin in about 1894 in Michigan, and after his 
death she married Frank Baer, a Boyle Creek 
rancher. 




Erie Embley on Tower Creek October 1963 with his colt Queenie. 



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Lula T. Embley with grandsons Erie and Ronald Cooper - 1931 

In the late 1800's Dan and Bill Thornburg, twin 
brothers from North Carolina, came to Boyle Creek. 
Lula Vivian Thornburg, Dan's daughter from a 
previous marriage had come to Boyle Creek in the 
eary 1900's to live with her father. Lula Vivian 
Thornburg was born in Bessemer City, North 
Carolina on July 16, 1883, the daughter of Daniel 
and Martha Thornburg. On February 7, 1907, Erie 
and Lula were married in the Methodist Church in 
Salmon. 

Erie and Lula took over the homestead at the top 
of the right fork of Boyle Creek and finished proving 
up on it. While living there they had five children. 
The first child, David Roy Embley, was born in 1909. 
A daughter, Thelma Embley (Cooper Baker), was 
born in 1910 and in 1912 Ruth Embley (Eastlick), 
was born. Two more sons were born there; they 
were both Vernon Embley and Lawrence Embley. 
The children attended the Boyle Creek school. In 
December of 1912 Erie Embley was granted the 
original patent on one hundred sixty acres at that 
location. 

When most people on the creek owned Model-Ts, 
Erie Embley had an open touring car and was well 
known for the speed at which he drove it. One day 
while returning from Salmon with Mrs. Embley and 
his sister Mrs. Margaret Baer in the car, they had a 



mishap. As they came tearing along the old dirt road 
at the base of the mountains on the Big Flats, near 
what is now the Gautier's place, the car ran over a 
pick in the road. It flew up and hit Mrs. Baer, 
breaking not only her glasses, but her nose. She 
probably had a few choice words for her younger 
brother! 

In 1920 the Embleys sold their equity in the ranch 
to Donald Martin, Erie's nephew, and followed 
construction work until 1925 when they settled in 
Longview, Washington. Erie started a very successful 
plumbing shop there and it went well until the 
depression closed it down in 1935. 

They returned to Boyle Creek where they bought 
the first forty acres just up the left fork from the old 
school house and built a log cabin that they lived in 
most of the time. This forty acres has most of the 
Tower Rocks of Boyle Creek on it. 

At that same time Thelma Embley Cooper and her 
two children, Ronald Cooper, age four, and Erie 
Cooper age seven, came to live there for awhile. 
Shortly thereafter, Thelma met and married John 
(Jack) Baker. They had one son Vernon Baker who 
was born on November 7, 1937. Jack and Thelma 
lived in the Salmon and Darby, Montana area and 
part of that time they lived at the cabin on Boyle 
Creek. Thelma Baker died in 1977 in Montana. 

Lula Thornburg Embley passed away in Washington 
on December 15, 1951. Erie returned to live at the 
cabin on Boyle Creek until he passed away in 1964. 

Some of the Thornburg family is buried in the little 
graveyard (Ballangee Family Cemetery) at the mouth 
of Lone Star Mine Gulch up the east fork. 

Erie Embley's forty acres are now owned by 
Ronald Cooper, his grandson. The tower rocks are 
on the property and are just as majestic as ever. 

There are no members of this family living in 
Lemhi County at this time. 

— Ronald Cooper 
— History Committee 




Thelma (Embley) Baker and John Baker 



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Joseph Harold and Marie Embree 

Joseph Harold Embree was born February 19, 
1917 at Pueblo, Colorado. At the age of three, with 
his family he moved to Ontario, Oregon where his 
father started the Star Dairy. Harold started 
delivering milk when he was five years old with a 
horse drawn wagon. Harold was so small an extra 
step had to be put on the wagon so he could get in 
and out of the wagon. 

Harold attended grade school and high school in 
Ontario and graduated in 1936. Upon graduation he 
went to business school in Boise, Idaho. After he 
finished business school he spent one year in the 
Army. Then he went back to Ontario, Oregon and 
worked for his father at Star Dairy. 

Harold married Ruby Marie Martin on January 24, 
1939 at the Presbyterian Church in Ontario, Oregon. 
They had two children, Sharon Lee born January 10, 
1941 in Ontario, Oregon and Dennis Harold born 
1946 in Portland, Oregon. 




Dennis, Ruby Marie, J. Harold, and Sharon Lee Embree 

Harold and family moved to Portland in 1942 and 
Harold worked at Swan Island ship yards as a welder 
foreman and was in charge of sixty welders. After 
the war, he spent the next three years working as a 
roofer and carpenter. 

Then in 1949 he went to work for M. H. King 
Company as an assistant manager in Caldwell, Idaho. 




The first M.H. King store on Main Street. ■ 1955 

A year later he was transferred to the King's store in 
Jerome, Idaho. In 1952 he was moved to King's 
store in Nampa, Idaho. In 1955 Harold was 
transferred to Salmon, Idaho where the King 
Company bought out the Mosier Variety Store. This 
first King's store in Salmon was in the Cavaness 
Building where the Salmon Artworks and Floral is 
now. 

In 1966 the King Company built a new store in the 
building where Four Seasons is today. 

Harold retired from M.H. King Company in 1979 
after thirty years. For our hobbies we took up agate 
hunting and gardening. The highlight of our rock 
hunting was when Marie found an "atlall" which is a 
weight that was used to aid in throwing a spear. We 
had it carbon dated and it is 12,000 to 14, 000 
years old which was before the time of the bow and 
arrow. 

We enjoyed our many years of working in the 
store. What we miss most since our retirement is 
our association with the people. 

— Marie Embree 



Susan Marie Stoddard Empey 

I was born in Salmon, Idaho on July 11, 1959 to 
Jean Louise Erdman and James Franklin Stoddard. I 
attended school at Salmon for grades one to four 
and was very active in sports like kickball, baseball 
and swimming. By this time Mom and Dad had ten 
children; five boys and five girls. 

We moved to Boswell, Oklahoma when ! started 
the fifth grade and I went to school at Saper, 



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Oklahoma. The kids at school kept asking me if I was 
a "Yankee." because I was from the north. At recess 
we would play the games flag pole or baseball. I 
learned to be a pretty good pitcher. I was also on 
the school basketball team. 

Just before Christmas 1969, we moved to Paris, 
Texas. We lived three blocks from school, so I 
walked to school instead of riding the bus as I had 
always done before. At school the big things to do at 
recess was to play baseball, so I played baseball. My 
dad had a trench fry business where we peeled and 
sliced Idaho potatoes into trench fries and sold them 
to different hamburger joints in Paris, Texas. The 
business did pretty good. People there just loved to 
eat the Idaho potatoes. 

At the end of the fifth grade in 1970, we moved 
back to Salmon, Idaho where I attended grades six 
through twelve. I was very active in sports like 
baseball, basketball, vollyball, swimming and jogging. 
I was in Pep Club in the ninth and tenth grades and 
in Drill team in the eleventh and twelfth grades. 
They were fun clubs to be in. 

I graduated from Salmon High School in 1977. I 
worked in the summers to put myself through 
college. I had academic scholarships each semester 
to help also. The summer jobs I had were: a flagman 
at the Salmon Highway Department in 1977, a 
checker at Kings in Salmon in 1978, and working on 
the range crew at the Salmon National Forest 
Service in 1979 and 1980. These jobs were fun. 

I attended Rick's College from 1977 to 1979 and 
graduated with an Associate Degree in Elementary 
Education Teaching. Then I attended Brigham Young 
University from 1979 to 1981 and graduated with a 
Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education 
Teaching. College was a lot of hard work. 

I taught the fifth grade at Firth, Idaho from 1981 
to 1987. It was fun. I married John Paul Empey from 
Idaho Falls, Idaho on February 1984. My landlord, 
Marlene Reid at Firth introduced John and me and 
we hit it right off. John is one of Marlene's relatives. 

John and I have three children: Bridget Marie 
Empey was born March 15, 1987. Jared John Empey 
was born August 29, 1988 and Keith Franklin Empey 
was born May 20, 1990. 

John and I built our log home in Idaho Falls, Idaho. 
We own and run a mechanic shop which is next to 
our home. We are also raising cows and growing hay. 
In the summer the kids and I go up into the 
mountains and gather firewood that we will need for 
the winter, while John is working at our mechanic 
shop. 

— Susan Empey 



Roy and Dora Cooper England 

Roy England and